Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Ausma Zehanat Khan
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Canadian
Genres Crime fiction, Fantasy fiction
Notable award(s) Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, 2016
Barry Award for Best First Novel, 2016


Ausma Zehanat Khan is a Canadian novelist and author of crime and fantasy novels.


Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She received her LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Ottawa, and her B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Toronto.[1]

Khan was the editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine from 2007 until the magazine's closure.[2]

Khan published her first novel The Unquiet Dead in 2015; the book received "best first novel" accolades from both the Arthur Ellis Awards and the Barry Awards in 2016.

According to the Washington Post, "Throughout Getty and Khattak's solid and comprehensive investigation, Khan's talents are evident. This first in what may become a series is a many-faceted gem. It's a sound police procedural, a somber study of loss and redemption and, most of all, a grim effort to make sure that crimes against humanity are not forgotten."[3]

In a 2018 interview with Nick Douglas, published in Life Hacker magazine, Khan described how she devoted more time to her writing as a novelist, when she and her husband began moving more often, and it didn't seem worthwhile to get the qualification to practice law in a short-term home.[4]

Her newest novel, A Deadly Divide, is slated for publication in 2019.[5]



Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series

  • The Unquiet Dead (2015)
  • The Language of Secrets (2016)
  • Among the Ruins (2017)
  • A Death in Sarajevo (2017) (novella)
  • A Dangerous Crossing (2018)[6]
  • A Deadly Divide (2019)

Khorasan Archives series

  • The Bloodprint (2017)
  • The Black Khan (2018)

Honors and awards




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