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Fo decides to visit his father, but to take the long way round. Each new country and each new conversation reveals a Muslim world which transcends the borders of nation states—and even the borders of religion—to form a culture that unites Islamic peoples regardless of their professed belief or lack of belief in the tenets of the faith.

Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey through Islamic Lands by Aatish Taseer

The author tells about the unbelievable tendency of a growing number of city dwellers to follow the Hare Krishna movement in Iran. The genre, style, language, narration and subject everything is of my choice. A fascinating trip through Islam- political, geographic and most importantly, cultural. He begins his travel from Turkey and travels through Syria, Iran, and multiple other countries before ending up at this father’s place in Pakistan. There was no surprise in knowing how guarded and corrupt Iranian system was.

In Teheran Aatish meets a disparate crowd of party-goers, film-makers, former revolutionaries and members of the Hare Krishna movement. What we see now, whether in corrupt police states or in the “revived” Islamic regimes, uistory the loss of that older atisj.

There is no space in their thinking for how can we accommodate the modern world without forsaking our core beliefs, or sacrilege indeed could we accommodate those beliefs to a world that is not what it was. See 1 question about Stranger to History….

Religion has become a political and historical grievance against the modern world. But Stranger to History forced me to revise my impressions.

At an early age he writes a letter to An autobiographical book by Aatish Taseer, taeeer son of Tavleen Singh an Indian Journalist and Salmaan Taseer a Pakistani politician who worked closely with the Bhuttos. No trivia or quizzes yet. Taseer succeeded in adding to my understanding.

Stranger to History

My voice holds them at bay. The Syrian Mufti is awarded the epithet “ferocious”, but Mufti Badr Hassoun is a liberal Muslim of Sufi background who repeatedly condemns terrorism and sectarianism, and campaigns against “honour” killing. However, this failure may be my own. Moreover, as an Indian who is enchanted with Pakistan but has no explicit connection to that country, it was heartening to read someone’s story that links the two countries together.

The book is about multiple journeys, that of a son to find his father, to find the shared history of his forefathers in an undivided India, of finding what it means to be a ‘Cultural Muslim’ I specially like that term. Fortunately, my employers in New Atjsh were more concerned with my ability to solve differential equations than stranyer lack of bartending skills, or with unfamiliarity with Hjstory arcana.

Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands

Quest For Identity Aatish Taseer was conceived during an extramarital affair between the now late Pakistani businessman and politician Salmaan Taseer and Indian journalist Tavleen Singh. If it didn’t need to dominate everything else. In Pakistan Taseer concentrates on particularities, and here his writing is particularly good. I understand that feeling as well. The Spectator’s reviewer said that taser book should be read by policymakers that they might gain “insights into the thinking of angry young Muslim men”.

This is how Taseer describes his father who called himself a Cultural Muslim. The writing is incisive, the observations sharp. How different are the words home, Christ, ale, master, on his lips taseet on mine!

It is all about power play, about a harking back to the glorious past. It would also, he hopes, help him complete his own sense of self as a Muslim: Yes, we know how religion has been exploited for political gains and when the two are mixed nothing spiritually pure comes out of it. He also meets the clerics, full of vehemence for a war that is not theirs until they choose to make it so and they do. 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.

The youth has become strangers to their own history, where pre-Islamic history is blacked out. The last third of the book covers Pakistan.

His father, an open-minded, non-practicing Muslim, was for a time a state governor. The main thesis of the book is the journey that the author undertook through certain Islamic countries and his quest to understand what binds or divides the Muslims all across the globe.

An interesting excursion into Islamic territories from Turkey through Syria, Saudi, Iran and Pakistan as one man searches for what it means to be Muslim. He finds that Islam is for the most part a rigid culture, taseee particularly open and searching.

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He is seeking specific answers and so his questions are focussed. Sep 14, Susan Ritz rated it really liked it Shelves: The last two sstranger pack a double extra punch: Bonding never took place.

The division is well thought out: And so he finds himself on the train to Leeds in after a group of British lads, of Pakistani extraction, and professing a Muslim faith, had bombed London.