Leila Aboulela's work is characterised by its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Highlighting the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and "telling the stories of flawed complex characters who struggle to make choices using Muslim logic", Aboulela's work explores significant political issues. Her personal faith and the move, in her mid-twenties, from Sudan to Scotland, are a major influence on her work.
Leila Aboulela's works have been included in cultural educational programs supported by the British Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US. One of her short stories 'Something Old, Something New', about a young Scottish man from Edinburgh who visits his fiancée's family in Sudan, is included in the GCSE English Literature syllabus. (Photo credit: Gary Doak)