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Ausma Zehanat Khan - Author

About the Author

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of The Unquiet Dead, the first mystery in a series featuring detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty, which won the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel. She has also written a forthcoming fantasy series for Harper Voyager.

A frequent lecturer and commentator, Ausma holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of Ottawa, and her B.A. in English Literature & Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Formerly, she served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. The first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women, Muslim Girl re-shaped the conversation about Muslim women in North America. The magazine was the subject of two documentaries, and hundreds of national and international profiles and interviews, including CNN International, Current TV, and Al Jazeera "Everywoman". Ausma has travelled the Muslim world extensively and frequently writes about ongoing tensions there, as well as the richness and diversity of the Islamic civilization.

Ausma practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University. She is a long-time community activist and writer. A British-born Canadian, she currently lives in Colorado with her husband.

Author photo © Athif Khan

Featured books by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Other books by Ausma Zehanat Khan

A Deadly Divide

A Deadly Divide

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

The Blue Eye

The Blue Eye

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Third instalment in Ausma Zehanat Khan's powerful epic fantasy quartet: a series that lies somewhere between N. K. Jemisin and George R.R. Martin, in which a powerful band of women must use all the powers at their disposal to defeat a dark and oppressive, patriarchal regime The Companions of Hira have used their cunning and their magic in the battle against the patriarchal Talisman, an organization whose virulently conservative agenda restricts free thought. One of the most accomplished Companions, Arian, continues to lead a disparate group in pursuit of the one artifact that could end the Talisman's authoritarian rule: The Bloodprint. But after a vicious battle, the arcane tome has slipped once more beyond her reach. Despite being separated and nearly losing their lives, Arian's band of allies has remained united. Yet now, the group seems to be fracturing. To continue the fight, Arian must make a dangerous journey to a distant city to recruit new allies. But instead of her trusted friends, she is accompanied by associates she may no longer be able to trust. Building on the brilliance of The Bloodprint and The Black Khan, this third volume in the Khorasan Archive series ratchets up the danger, taking the conflict to a darker, deadlier place, and setting the stage for the thrilling conclusion to this acclaimed #ownvoices fantasy.

No Place Of Refuge

No Place Of Refuge

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

The Black Khan

The Black Khan

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Book two of Ausma Zehanat Khan's powerful, unforgettable new series, The Khorasan Archives. Sides must be chosen. Truths must be told. Freedoms will be fought for. To battle the cruel and controlling patriarchal force named the Talisman, members of a resistance group, the Companions of Hira, risked their lives to procure the Bloodprint - a sacred text that holds the power to overthrow this terrifying regime. Though they harnessed the magic known as the Claim, their plans now lie in ashes and their number scattered - with the two women at the centre of the plot - Arian and Sinnia - left facing the most harrowing tortures. Yet hope flickers in the darkness. The Bloodprint survived, secreted to Ashfall, seat of the Black Khan. But the Khan's court is built upon shifting layers of intrigue and lethal conspiracy, with enemies whose motives are steeped in the shadows. Can the Khan guard the Bloodprint when treachery lurks in the wings and the Talisman gather at his door? The Companions of Hira must reunite, break through Talisman lines, and infiltrate Ashfall to join their ally, The Black Khan. But can his word be trusted?

A Deadly Divide A Mystery

A Deadly Divide A Mystery

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2019

In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec, the local police apprehend Amadou Duchon - a young Muslim man at the scene helping the wounded - but release Etienne Roy, the local priest who was found with a weapon in his hands. The shooting looks like a hate crime, but detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty sense there is more to the story. Sent to liaise with a community in the grip of fear, they find themselves in fraught new territory, fueled by the panic and suspicion exploited by a right-wing radio host. As Rachel and Esa grapple to stop tensions shutting the case down entirely, all the time, someone is pointing Esa in another direction, a shadowy presence who anticipates his every move. A Deadly Divide is a piercingly observed, gripping thriller that reveals the fractures that try to tear us all apart: from the once-tight partnership between detectives Esa and Rachel, to the truth about a deeply divided nation.

Among The Ruins

Among The Ruins

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

No Place of Refuge

No Place of Refuge

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2019

No Place of Refuge

No Place of Refuge

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/01/2019

Among the Ruins

Among the Ruins

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/12/2018

The Black Khan

The Black Khan

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Book two of Ausma Zehanat Khan's powerful, unforgettable new series, The Khorasan Archives. Sides must be chosen. Truths must be told. Freedoms will be fought for. To battle the cruel and controlling patriarchal force named the Talisman, members of a resistance group, the Companions of Hira, risked their lives to procure the Bloodprint - a sacred text that holds the power to overthrow this terrifying regime. Though they harnessed the magic known as the Claim, their plans now lie in ashes and their number scattered - with the two women at the centre of the plot - Arian and Sinnia - left facing the most harrowing tortures. Yet hope flickers in the darkness. The Bloodprint survived, secreted to Ashfall, seat of the Black Khan. But the Khan's court is built upon shifting layers of intrigue and lethal conspiracy, with enemies whose motives are steeped in the shadows. Can the Khan guard the Bloodprint when treachery lurks in the wings and the Talisman gather at his door? The Companions of Hira must reunite, break through Talisman lines, and infiltrate Ashfall to join their ally, The Black Khan. But can his word be trusted?

The Language of Secrets

The Language of Secrets

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2018

The Language Of Secrets A Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty Mystery (Book 2)

The Language Of Secrets A Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty Mystery (Book 2)

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

Death in Sarajevo

Death in Sarajevo

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: eBook Release Date: 07/12/2017

From the author of The Unquiet Dead, featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's HourDetectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty are asked to help unlock the secrets of a woman killed during the Bosnian war in this captivating story from acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan.An old friend from Esa's past has reappeared in his life, reaching out to ask Esa for help solving a mystery about the woman he once loved. But before Esa can travel to Sarajevo to help his friend, he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, must make it through a government inquiry that will not only affect their futures on the police force, but also test the strength of their partnership.Praise for the Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series'an outstanding series' - Washington Post'The Unquiet Dead is a powerful and haunting story' - Guardian'Ausma Zehanat Khan is to be applauded for tackling such an important subject in a police procedural' - Daily Express'Compelling and challenging, this is a beautifully written and powerful story of inhumanity and justice' - Leigh Russell, bestselling author of the Detective Geraldine Steel series'A tale of rich complexity... intricately woven, delicately revealed' - Luke McCallin, author of The Ashes of Berlin

The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/11/2017

The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

Author: Ausma Zehanat Khan Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/11/2017