Sikeena Karmali Ahmed
Sikeena Karmali Ahmed has an MA in English and cultural studies from the American University in Cairo and a BA in Middle East and cultural studies from McGill University, Canada.
She has published a collection of poetry entitled Places to Remember and a novel entitled A House by the Sea, which was short-listed for the Amazon.ca Books in Canada First Novel award. Sikeena’s academic publications include: Islam Between Message and History co-edited with Abdou Filali Ansary, The Challenge of Pluralism: Paradigms from Muslim Contexts also co-edited with Abdou Filali Ansary and Cosmopolitanisms from Muslim Contexts: Perspectives from the Past co-edited with Derryl Maclean. She was the editor of Ascent Magazine from 2003 to 2005, during which time it won two Utne Independent Press Awards. Sikeena’s articles on human rights and Muslim culture have been translated into French and Italian. Sikeena was manager of publications and editing at Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London from 2008 to 2013.
Sikeena has received a Canada Council grant for her second (forthcoming) novel, a UNESCO-Aschberg Writer's Residency at Centre D'Art Marnay Sur Seine in France, as well as a Shastri Institute grant for research. She has also served on the Canada Council on the Arts Peer Jury for Literature and Publications.