The Youth of God – In Conversation with Hassan Ghedi Santur and Nadifa Mohamed FRSL



1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Alumni Lecture theatre, SOAS


£6 / Free for RAS members

Chair: Nadifa Mohamed FRSL, British/Somali novelist

The Youth of God tells the story of Nuur, a sensitive and academically gifted seventeen-year-old boy growing up in Toronto’s Somali neighbourhood, as he negotiates perilously between the calling of his faith and his intellectual ambitions. Trying to influence him are a radical Muslim imam and a book-loving, dedicated teacher who shares his background. In its telling, this novel reveals the alienated lives of Somali youth in an environment riddled with crime and unemployment, while still in the grip of bitter memories of a home left behind. This intensely moving novel is also a powerful allegory of the struggle for the soul of Islam in modern times.


Hassan Ghedi Santur emigrated from Somalia to Canada at age thirteen. He has a BA in English Literature and an MFA from York University, and an MA from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as a radio journalist for CBC radio. In 2010, he published his debut novel Something Remains, followed by Maps of Exile, an exploration of the plight of African migrants in Europe. He is currently working on his third novel, Other Worlds, Other Lives. 


Join us for the book launch and a discussion with the author chaired by Nadifa Mohamed and hosted by the Royal African Society.



Register – £6 / Free for RAS members 


Copies of The Youth of God by Hassan Ghedi Santur will be on sale at the event.


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