Jacobs, Rayda

About Rayda Jacobs

Filmography (IMDb)



Thomas, Paul H. “The Mecca Diaries.” Biography, vol. 32, no. 1, 2009

Von Witt, Jean, and Margot Pakendorf. “Masquerade: The Story of My Life.” Biography, vol. 32, no. 1, 2009

Broekhoff, Marna. “Confessions of a Gambler.” Sister Namibia, vol. 20, no. 3, 2008

Muponde, Robert, and Tom Odhiam. “Reviews.” Scrutiny2, vol. 12, no. 2, 2007

Humphrey, Joy. “Confessions of a Gambler.” Library Journal, vol. 132, no. 2, 2007

Confessions of a Gambler.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 254, no. 11, 2007

Gaughan, Thomas. “Confessions of a Gambler.” Booklist, vol. 103, no. 11, 2007

Roberts, Sheila. “World Literature in Review: South African.” World Literature Today, vol. 72, no. 2, 1998



Lehman, Daniel W. “'Born from Restlessness': A Conversation with Rayda Jacobs.” World Literature Today, vol. 84, no. 6, 2010

Stotesbury, John A. “Remembering: An Interview with Rayda Jacobs.” The Atlantic Literary Review, vol. 3, no. 2, 2002



Aumeerally, Naseem L. “Reimagining Muslim Women Through the Prism of Minor Diasporic and National Literatures.” Interventions, vol. 19, no. 1-2, 2017

McCorkle, James. “Narrating Memory: Rayda Jacobs, Yvette Christiansë and André Brink and the New Slave Narrative.” Journal of the African Literature Association, vol. 10, no. 1, 2016

Smith, Neville. “Emancipation and 'the Great Wheel of Labour': Enduring Liminality in Rayda Jacobs's The Slave Book (1988) and A Painting of Two Slave Women (1859) by Thomas Baines.” English in Africa, vol. 42, no. 3, 2015

Baderoon, Gabeba. “The Sea inside Us: Narrating Self, Gender, Place and History in South African Memories of the Hajj.” Social Dynamics, vol. 38, no. 2, 2012

Stotesbury, John A. “Rayda Jacobs's Confessions of a Gambler as Post-Apartheid Cinema.” Engaging with Literature of Commitment, Volume 1: Africa in the World, Collier et al. (eds.), 2012

Van der Merwe, Chris N. “Rethinking Religion in a Time of Trauma.” Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in the Contemporary South African Novel, Mengel and Borzaga (eds.), 2012

Olaussen, Maria. “Approaching Asia through the Figure of the Slave in Rayda Jacob's The Slave Book.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 42, no. 3, 2011

Gagiano, Annie. “South African Novelists and the Grand Narrative of Apartheid.” Discourse and Human Rights Violations, Anthonissen and Blommaert (eds.), 2007

Kearny, Jack. "Representations of Islamic Belief and Practice in a South African Context: Reflections on the Fictional Work of Ahmed EssopAziz HassimAchmat Dangor and Rayda Jacobs." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 22, no. 1-2, 2006

Roos, Henriette. “Torn between Islam and the Other: South African Novelists on Cross-Cultural Relationships.” Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 1-2, 2005

Wenzel, Marita. “Re-Writing the 'Slave Narrative': Rayda Jacobs's The Slave Book and André Brink's The Rights of Desire.” English in Africa, vol. 31, no. 1, 2004

Stotesbury, John A. “Genre and Islam in Recent Anglophone Romantic Fiction.” Refracting the Canon in Contemporary British Literature and Film, Onega and Gutleben (eds.), 2004



Autobiography/Life Writing

Masquerade: The Story of My Life (2008)

The Mecca Diaries (2005)



Joonie (2011)

My Father’s Orchid (2006)

Confessions of a Gambler (2003)

Sachs Street (2001)

The Slave Book (1998)

Eyes of the Sky (1996)

The Middle Children (1994)


Short Story Collections

Postcards from South Africa (2004)



(Dir.) Crossroads, 2011

(Dir.) Confessions of a Gambler, 2007

(Dir./Wri.) Portrait of Muslim Women, 2005

(Dir./Wri.) The Legacy of Muhammad, 2004

(Dir.) 9 Eleven Muslims in the Americas, 2003

(Dir./Wri.) The Tuan of Antonie’s Gat, 2003