It is very hard for me to say I am a Muslim. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a nuanced perspective on Islam through any of the above lenses. It was natural to attend these festivals, go to the dargah together. Please try again later. I felt that he captures the turbulations in the unique father son relationship from his point very well, and of the tumultous relationship of Pakistanis with India post partition well. From Booklist There are so many layers to this touching book.

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Aatish records instances where the police themselves turn dacoits during their off-duty hours. It only depicts how people are viewing it.

Fortunately, my employers in New York were more concerned with my strangre to solve differential equations than with lack of bartending skills, or with unfamiliarity with Wodehousian arcana.

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He had only a dim recollection of his father as an infant. Nov 15, Samia rated it really liked it. Soon after the reunion, the father was assassinated. This was being subdued by a puritanical zeal with the aim of returning to the days of the early Arabs rather than the faith. Feb 28, N rated it really liked it. Read reviews that mention stranger to history saudi arabia aatish taseer personal story enjoyed this book islam father pakistan religion islamic journey faith iran india modern pakistani society countries indian state.

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It didn’t matter how much someone prayed, how they prayed, what dress they wore, whether they chose to drink or not, but it did matter that someone harboured feelings of hatred towards Jews, Americans or Hindus that were founded in faith and only masked in political arguments”. Customers who bought this item also bought. Looking forward to reading ‘The Way Things Were’ next!


The Republic had failed its people. This is how things usually are.

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He presents a one-dimensional picture of his transit lands, sometimes verging on the paranoid. But this only serves to make the story all the more poignant — it is as if he were trying to unmake a border that had divided his own heart. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. It is a fascinating book for anyone interested in understanding how different Muslims view themselves obviously, it is not generalisable because of Taseer’s small sample but is interesting nonetheless.

Mar 09, Mohak Mangal rated it really liked it. In short, their aim is to return to a moment of time, some years ago, in a time warp if possible.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a nuanced perspective on Islam through any of the above lenses. This decoding of contemporary Muslim identity and reality by virtue of travel and interviews in key Muslim nations Turkey, Syria, Saudi Ot Iran, Pakistan and other undocumented detours into Jordan and Yemenwould in his tentative plan, help him bridge the gulf of empathy for a father who is a warden and defender of an Islamic republic for decades.

His eight-month journey through strongholds of the Islamic aayish stranger to history by aatish taseer with only his British passport to defend him taseeg and he dispassionately interviews locals as he goes — begins in Turkey, where politics and faith are purposely, sometimes heedlessly, insensibly divorced, proceeds ny Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran, where politics and religion are one, and ends at ailing Pakistan — when he crosses on foot — demonstrating an admirable lack of prudence.


aaish Thanks for telling us about the problem. Taseer answers a perennial problem often associated with Islamic societies where the voice of the moderates are not heard. Finally, what seems most obvious is the experience of the living; faith as lived history, history as lived history and culture as lived history.

Aatish Taseer was born in That it was conducted in the name of Islam was a great pain: At the age of 21, he travelled all by himself to Lahore to meet his father, but was distracted by his indifference. It is also about the idea of Pakistan, which inevitably means, Taseer explains, its opposition to India. This is all the more significant now, as another dismemberment of the country in the form of Balochistan is on the cards.

And the days of our ancestors live inside us, whether we recognize the fact or not. Part memoir, part travelogue, probing, stylish and troubling, this outstanding work now includes an incisive new introduction stranger to history by aatish taseer brings Aatish’s story up to date with the horrific assassination of his father in early To understand his own religion, he takes up this journey. Start reading Stranger To Histoty Get to Know Us.

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