Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone

Publication: 2020

Author: Private: Minna Salami

In Sensuous Knowledge, Minna Salami draws on Africa-centric, feminist-first and artistic traditions to help us rediscover inclusive and invigorating ways of experiencing the world afresh.

Combining the playfulness of a storyteller with the insight of a social critic, the book pries apart the systems of power and privilege that have dominated ways of thinking for centuries – and which have led to so much division, prejudice and damage. And it puts forward a new, sensuous, approach to knowledge: one grounded in a host of global perspectives – from Black Feminism to personal narrative, pop culture to high art, Western philosophy to African mythology – together comprising a vision of hope for a fragmented world riven by crisis.

Through the prism of this new knowledge, Salami offers fresh insights into the key cultural issues that affect women’s lives. How are we to view Sisterhood, Motherhood or even Womanhood itself? What is Power and why do we conceive of Beauty? How does one achieve Liberation? She asks women to break free of the prison made by ingrained male-centric biases, and build a house themselves – a home that can nurture us all.

Sensuous Knowledge confirms Minna Salami as one the most important spokespeople of today, and the arrival of a blistering new literary voice.

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Original Language

ENGLISH (North America) | Amistad/HarperCollins
ENGLISH (World excl. NA) | Zed Books

Translation Rights

CATALAN | Sembra Llibres
FINNISH | Schildts & Söderstrom
GERMAN | Matthes & Seitz Berlin
SPANISH | Temas de Hoy/Planeta
SWEDISH | Resonate Edition


A probing, challenging and imaginative book that dares position black feminism as the prism through which we can better experience and understand the world. I savoured it as intellectual soul food, while relishing the richness of Minna Salami's ideas and the persuasiveness of her writing.” Bernadine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other and Booker Prize Winner 2019

Inclusive, rigorous in process and thought, Minna Salami has created a strong and important testament for now and the future.” Chris Abani, author of The Face and The Secret History of Las Vegas

I am firmly convinced that the way to true equality and justice for all will be on a radical Black queer feminist road; Sensuous Knowledge is Ms. Afropolitan Minna Salami’s insightful contribution to our success.” MS Magazine

Salami has a universal gospel to spread.Brittle Paper

I recommend Sensuous Knowledge by Minna Salami, which offers a radical revisioning of feminism through an Africanist perspective.” Bernadine Evaristo, British Vogue

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