REVIEW: “Digital Nation” by Emad El-Din Aysha

Review of Emad El-Din Aysha, “Digital Nation”, in Basma Ghalayini, ed., Palestine+100, (Comma Press, 2019): 77-94 — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology.)

This story was a really interesting discussion of the role that Utopias play in society, and the question of why Muslims don’t really have Utopian stories (apart from al-Farabi’s The Virtuous City but “he got his inspiration from Plato” p. 82). At the very end of the story (don’t worry, no spoilers), one character says to another, “They had a Utopia, of sorts, at the time of their Prophet, then it all fell apart afterwards” (p. 94). Not only that, but no one ever tried, after that — until a man, known only as “Hannibal”, got involved.