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Article Posted • 27 Nov 2020

Short Muslim heritage stories

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Short Muslim heritage stories

With Amal’s support, Khayaal Theatre Company launched a series of short films telling inspiring and reflective stories earlier this year. Watch Tales of the Sands from Tunisia and Life and Death at the Spring here

Tales of the Sands

Tales of the Sands is the first in a series of four short stories from Khayaal Theatre Company’s Muslim heritage story trove. The stories were created for screen in response to the need for access to art during quarantine and lockdown. Tales is a story for all the family on reflection, trust, healing and deliverance set against the imaginative backdrop of the Tunisian desert.

Adapted from the story, as recorded by the legendary Idries Shah in Tale of the Dervishes, and performed by Eleanor Martin.

Life and Death at the Spring

Based on a Muslim heritage story from the Hausa people of West Africa, this tale reflects on the duality of life and death and the circle of life that encompasses the two. This Hausa story is the second in Khayaal’she Theatre Without Walls series of short stories for audiences during quarantine and lockdown.

Narrator: Eleanor Martin

Death: Mohammed Ali

Life: Ruby Nicholls


The Theatre Without Walls project creates inclusive opportunities for encounter and discovery, for everyone to experience, learn about and revel in the humour, wit, wisdom and wonder of stories of shared values from the literary canons of an extensive range of global Muslim cultures as well as from other faiths.

For more stories from the Theatre Without Walls programme check out Khayaal Theatre Company’s social media:

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Formating Part of

Amal Programme

This article was published during the Amal Programme, a programme of the Saïd Foundation from 2018 – 2021. The Programme awarded grants in the UK in support of a rich diversity of arts projects and activities that helped to increase understanding of the UK’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none and to foster a stronger sense of belonging among its Muslim communities. For more about the Programme, see our Amal Programme Findings Report here.

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