Sex a ‘political issue’ at the Jaipur literature festival


Sarah Waters, Nicholson Baker, Deepti Kapoor and Hanif Kureishi discuss contemporary writers’ struggles with sex, and radical Islam’s obsession with pleasure: The Guardian

Hanif KureishiThe distortion of sex, particularly in the Muslim world, is “a political issue” which is one of the most important challenges facing writers today, Hanif Kureishi told a packed audience at the Jaipur literature festival on Friday.

Speaking alongside novelists Nicholson Baker, Sarah Waters and Deepti Kapoor in a session titled “Basic instinct”, he argued radical Islam thinks about pleasure “all the time … but it thinks about it from a negative perspective”.

“It’s a death cult, it’s extreme fascism,” Kureishi said. “You have to have a resistance against anti-pleasure. So think about this: every time you’re fucking, you’re defeating political Islam.”

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