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Shaila Abdullah

Shaila Abdullah
Notable worksSaffron Dreams

Shaila Abdullah (born 1971) is a Pakistani-American author, writer, and designer.[1]


Shaila Abdullah has received the Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, the Golden Quill Award, the Reader Views Award, the Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation. Beyond the Cayenne Wall received the Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction which is the highest award in the Norumbega Fiction Awards.[2][3]

Her books include Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall and three children’s books: Rani in Search of a Rainbow, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco.[4] She has also written books for children with special needs.[4]

In early 2014, a research team from Washington and Lee University conducted a study in which they found that reading a 3,000-word extract from Saffron Dreams can make a person less racist.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] The novel was cited as 1 of 50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature by Open Education Database.[12]


  • Beyond the cayenne wall : collection of short stories, Lincoln, NE : iUniverse, 2005. ISBN 9780595370092, OCLC 69671582
  • Saffron dreams : a novel, Ann Arbor, MI : Modern History Press, 2010. ISBN 9781615990252, OCLC 920296670
  • My friend Suhana, Ann Arbor, MI : Loving Healing Press, 2014. ISBN 9781615992119, OCLC 863854490
  • A manual for Marco, Ann Arbor, MI : Loving Healing Press 2015. ISBN 9781615992478, OCLC 886381624


  1. ^ "Meet 20 Super Women Who Are Earning Respect For Pakistan". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ Oh, Seiwoong (2009). "Abdullah, Shaila". Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature. pp. 4–5.
  3. ^ "Meet 20 Super Women Who Are Earning Respect For Pakistan". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  4. ^ a b "Interview Shaila Abdullah Author of Children's Book About an Autistic Sibling, A Manual for Marco". Special Needs Book Review. 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ "Study: Reading Literary Fiction Can Make You Less Racist". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  6. ^ "Is fiction good for you? How researchers are trying to find out". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. ^ "Leer novelas fomenta la empatía". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  8. ^ "Reading really does broaden the mind | IOL News". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  9. ^ M.D, Jalees Rehman (2014-05-06). "Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  10. ^ "This is How Literary Fiction Teaches Us to Be Human". Signature Reads. 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  11. ^ "Reading Fiction May Boost Empathy". 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  12. ^ "50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature". 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2018-02-27.

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