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Stranger to History. A Son’s Journey through Islamic Lands. Aatish Taseer. Stranger to History. download cover image. “Stranger to History is a. I met Aatish Taseer. in New York last year, at the prize-giving ceremony of the National Book Awards of the USA. (my wife’s book, The Convert. Stranger to History – A Son’s Journey through Islamic Lands by Aatish Taseer – ebook () published by Canongate 19 March The story of a .

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From the fiercely secular Turkey, the new global centre of Islam which is Syria, the forced Islamic Republic that Is Iran to finally a failed state, which is becoming ‘Stranger to its own history’, called Pakistan.

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Strongly recommended to all. A new introduction by the author reflects on how this event changes the impact of strangee book, and why its message is more relevant than ever. With his discussions among intellectuals and ordinary hitsory in these places, he identifies the fault lines with unerring accuracy. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. 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 is the author of Stranger to History: This is a journey to try to understand his making; its very undertaking is as an inward journey. His mother did keep him aware of his father and the fact that he was Muslim and made it a point to take him to all the Muslim celebrations at the houses of the that she knew. After the civil war broke out in Syria, these universities turned taseed to be the breeding ground of ISIS terrorists. The surprising thing is that it is not just angry young men.

There is only a single way out for a clean government — Islam — which is shared by many billions of people having supra-nationalist affiliation to a common brotherhood. How different are the words srranger, Christ, ale, master, on his lips and on mine!

Further east on his self-limiting and, one suspects, publisher-imposed search for “transnational Islam”, Taseer misses the diversity that does still exist. They didn’t have to struggle, so they sought out a struggle, created one.


Nov 22, Praveen Alluri histoty it liked it Shelves: Chrestomather September 25, in Uncategorized Comments 3. Another thing I really like is the descriptions and the pictures that Mr. As much as he may see intersection in his own plural history, including disconnection, as an analogy for what is happening in the larger social order, it is no stretch to see ourselves similarly.

There also, Islam encompasses all its followers under a species, jokingly called Homo Islamicos. Of the countries he toured, Turkey and Iran present contrasts of a glaring nature.

Pakistan and Iran, both struggling with the modern “world system”. And the loss of exactly this is what makes Pakistan what it is today. This was being subdued by a puritanical zeal with the aim of returning to the days of the early Arabs rather than the faith.

The author speaks with people about religion and politics, describes the differences and the similarities of the modern Muslim countries, which he visits and tries to determine his own feelings and attitudes relating to Islam his father, whom he never really got tadeer know, was a Pakistani Muslim, his mother was an Indian Sikh and he spent his youth in a Christian boarding school, so he is not quite sure if he belongs to a certain religion.

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

The regime made secularism compulsory in all public transactions in Turkey, but the people were often deeply religious in private. Mar 08, Karishma rated it really liked it. Nov 15, Samia rated it really liked it. This is also what the book is about: Comment by Akinchan Sen — September 25, at 7: Aatish Taseer had worked as a reporter for Time magazine.

Raised by his Sikh mother in Delhi, his father, a Pakistani Muslim, remained a distant figure. Taseer brings out the points where mainstream society break ranks with fundamentalism, but adopts a semi-resigned compromise with it.

Aatish plans to ttaseer out about Islam by traveling through diverse countries in Europe and the middle east to discover the religion for himself. Am I showing off, in the way liberals are accused of showing off their association with the other faith? Taseer asks, What is the nature and source of this faith that has become, in the modern world, so deeply politicized? Soon after the reunion, the father was assassinated.


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. Taseet is very little of the female perspective here, and what there is, is atisj the extreme end of the rebellious spectrum.

Insightful, especially to a person who has very little knowledge of Islam. Without being sensationalist, Taseer manages to make the reader see the fallacies tasder such utopias in the everyday corrosive realities within inward-looking and self-serving Islamic states with defined borders: What he discovers through his travel-memoire is a deeper understanding, an entrenched confusion about Islam and its relation to civilisation, culture and politics.

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

Finally, what seems most obvious is the experience of the living; faith as lived history, history as lived history and culture as lived history. It is older generations too, less angry, more resigned, but still of the same mindset. That trip is the focus of the book “Stranger to History”. It is amusing to observe this delusive image created by self-hypnotism or something!

Partition of the heart

If Taseer senior had stayed with his Indian lover, married her and brought up their son, I can’t help feeling they’d still be just as estranged. Published November 13th by Graywolf Press first published November 2nd The angry, unreflective Islamism he meets in Syria is only one aspect of the country’s multicultural life, and by no means the most obvious. That is the true religion. Naipal on the cover and my interest in the events leading to Partition and the aftermath.

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.