SABAH CARRIM

About the Author

Sabah has authored two novels, Humeirah and Semi-Apes, both set in the Indian-ocean island of Mauritius where she was born. In 2024, her short story, Fading Mehndi won the Afritondo Short Story Prize. 

Other short stories have been selected for publication in international competitions, namely the Small Islands Anthology Contest (Plaine Verte),  the AfroYoung Adult Short Story Competition (Tara’s Hair), the Not-So-Normal-Narrators Contest (Shortlisted: Size of Rice), the Bristol Short Story Prize (Shortlisted: The Evil in Me), and the Afritondo Short Story Prize (Shortlisted: Dadima’s Key Ring). One of her nonfiction pieces (Dismantling Life) was also a semi-finalist in the Gabriele Rico Challenge for Creative Nonfiction, published in Reed Magazine in 2020. Her poetry can be found in Pepper Coast Lit, Jalada Africa, SetuMag, SpillWords, and The Bangalore Review, among others.

Sabah is currently on the panel of judges for the 2024 African Writers Award in the fiction category where the theme is Rwanda. Her multidisciplinary background in law, creative writing, and international human rights culminated in a PhD in Genocide Studies with a focus on the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge era. Sabah also edits and manages the Arts & Literature column of the scholarly journal, Genocide Studies and Prevention. 

In 2020, Sabah was awarded the W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellowship for an MFA in Creative Writing in the United States where she now lives. After graduating from the program, she was awarded the 2024-2025 Postdoctoral Scholarship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the Martin-Springer Institute in Northern Arizona University. Sabah is also the Lead Organiser of the Genocide Awareness Symposium and Host of the podcast series on Genocide Studies, Not to Forgive, But to Understand, co-hosted with Luis Gonzalez-Aponte.

She is now finalising a short story collection, Rubbing the Oil of the House in the Skin of Strangers, and working on a scholarly monograph, Law, Neuroscience, and Genocide Studies: A New Perspective of Genocide and Perpetrator Motive.

Sabah has previously lived in Malaysia, The Maldives, and Kenya. 

Selected Work

Short Stories

‘The Evil in Me’ in Bristol Short Story Prize 2019, Volume 12,
(Tangent Books, UK) 2019

‘Size of Rice’ in Odd Voices: Not So Normal Narrators (Odd Voice Out Press, UK) 2020

‘Plaine Verte’ in So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean & Pacific (Saqi Books, UK) 2018

‘Tara’s Hair’ in
Water Birds on the Lakeshore (Ouida Books, Lagos) 2019

'Les Cheveux de Tara' in Les Oiseaux D'Eau Sur La Rive Du Lac (Éditions Amalion, Sénégal) 2019

'Nywele za Tara' in Ndege-Maji Ubukweni (Vision Publishing, Dar Es Salaam) 2019

'Thus Spake Hasna' in Maudrigosa - A Poetic Manifesto (Precigraph, Mauritius) 2021

'Dadima's Key Ring' in Rain Dance (Afritondo Press) 2022

Poetry

'Café Lux' in Pepper Coast Lit

'Black Dog' in Jalada in Issue 9 of Nostalgia

'The Classroom' in SpillWords

'The Streets of Paris' in Bangalore Review

'Have You Engaged with the Sea' in Setu

'The Rope' in Dissident Voice

Creative Nonfiction

'Dismantling Life' in Reed Magazine, No. 153, 2020

'Being Marxist, Being Santiago' in The Bangalore Review, July 2015

Scholarly Work

(2022) Sabah Carrim "Book Review: The Postcolonial
African Genocide Novel:Quests for Meaningfulness" Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal: Vol. 16: Iss. 1: 134–136

(2021) Sabah Carrim “Harsha Walia, Border and Rule" Journal of Refugee Studies: Vol 34, Iss. 4: 4585-4587

(2021) Sabah Carrim "Book Review: Perpetrator Cinema—Confronting Genocide in Cambodian Documentary" Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal: Vol. 15: Iss. 2: 52–54

(2021) Sabah Carrim  "Laws, Sausages, and Creating Tribunals" Journal of Perpetrator Research 4(1) 

(2020) Sabah Carrim “Reconsidering the Classification of Perpetrators in instances of Genocide and Mass Atrocity: A focus on the Khmer Rouge Era.” Review of Human Rights 6(1): 1-23

(2018) Sabah Carrim “The Legacy of Hannah Arendt’s Banality of Evil” Review of Human Rights 3(1) Winter 2017, 43-66

(2021) Sabah Carrim “Book Review: It Could Happen Here” LSE Review of Books, 3 August 2021

(2020) Sabah Carrim “Arts & Literature: The Grey Zone.” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal Vol. 14 Iss. 3: 3–10

Reviews of Sabah's Work