Saleena Karim is from Nottingham, England.
She is a freelance writer, researcher, editor, and artist. She is
the founder of the Jinnah Archive and a co-founder and admin of
Fiction Alliance. She has authored two books on Pakistan's founding
history. The critically
acclaimed Secular Jinnah (2005) recounted her discovery
that a famous quote attributed to MA Jinnah, founding father of
Pakistan, and which is frequently cited by academics as supporting
evidence of his political ideology, was in fact fabricated. Her
second book, Secular Jinnah & Pakistan (2010) is a detailed
treatise on Jinnah's political life as well as the ongoing debate
over the historical significance of the Pakistan movement, containing
independent research and utilising primary sources.
Systems (2012) is Karim's first work of fiction.
The 'Cohesive Ethics Theorem' featured in the novel, which is used
to create a model for an ideal society on a supercomputer, is a
factual concept. It reflects the poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal's
statement that an ideal society actively aspires to transform the
three ideals of 'equality, solidarity and freedom
to realise them in a definite human organisation'.
Despite having no direct link with Karim's non-fiction,
the core story is also loosely inspired by the original intentions
of Pakistan's early leaders to try new social systems in line with
the philosophy of Iqbal, the 'spiritual father' of Pakistan. In
July 2012 Systems became part of a series of education courses
on Iqbal, at the Marghdeen Learning Centre (an associative body
of Iqbal Academy, Pakistan).
Aside from writing books, Karim has worked as a
webmaster, a translator and as an editor. She has translated a number
of Urdu works into English, and she has also been a co-writer for
a UK television show (Deliver!). She has composed soundtracks
and themes for the independent TV/film production company, Deliverance
Films (Deliver! and Curse of the Bands). She has also
edited and published titles for OurBeacon Books. Her own publishing
imprint, Libredux Publishing, has published 2017: The Battle for
Marghdeen (14 August 2012), by historian and thinker Khurram Ali
Karim can be contacted via her blog: libredux.com/blog
or her non-fiction website: secularjinnah.co.uk
or at the VFA: visionaryfictionalliance.wordpress.com