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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That is to say, while he is not personally religious, he feels a powerful sense of identity with the traditions of Islam. Idiotic rules of course she can wear nail polish, so long as she removes it for washing before prayers, at each histoy, five times a day. Aatish Taseer is Indian, his father is Pakistani, and his maternal family are partition refugees. It would also, he hopes, help him complete his own sense of self as a Muslim: It really is that simple. Stranged to Book Page.

Challenged by his father to learn more, he travels from Istanbul through Turkey, Syria,Saudi Arabia, Iran and finally, Pakistan, discovering along the way the how religion and politics mix in each of these lands and how the Islamic world is tied together in an overarching ache to regain its former glory.

The author speaks with people about religion and politics, describes taseet differences and the similarities of the modern Muslim countries, which he visits and etranger to determine his own feelings and attitudes relating to Islam his father, whom he never really got to 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.

Even after contact was finally made, hitsory relationship remained distant. About a years ago, when James Joyce was as old as Mr. But it allows little room for human lives to be played out within it. Atisj records instances where the police themselves turn dacoits during their off-duty hours. Jan 24, Sairam Krishnan rated it really liked it. Taking this criticism to heart, the notion that he did know the Pakistani ethos, did not understand Islam, and therefore has no right to say the things he has written, he decides to put that right.

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Along the way we meet Islamic fundamentalists, tragic circumstances and political realists. 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 to 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 b Interesting travelogue covering Turkey, Syria, Saudi-Arabia, Iran, India and Pakistan.

In Pakistan Taseer concentrates on particularities, and here his writing is particularly good. Having been brought up in what could be called an elite society he studied in London and has a British passport he tends to be biased towards the more liberal lifestyle than the rigourous lifestyle.

The genre, style, language, narration and subject everything is of my choice.

Stranger to History

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a nuanced perspective on Islam through any of the above lenses. Ro travels slowly, shamelessly exploiting whatever contacts he already has or makes along the way, avoiding hotel rooms in favour of borrowed apartments and staying with scattered extended family. Another author goal was to contact and perhaps even bond with his estranged father in Pakistan. Though Taseer writes repeatedly that he wants to understand the young Muslim psyche, and indeed tries and partly succeeds in doing so, the book is not entirely about that either.

And in all of these places, Taseer encounters the religion that gives him his Urdu name, and meets its hkstory faces and interpretations, including most importantly, political Islam – the idea that temporal and religious power should be one, the idea that is at the root of ISIS, an idea completely at odds with the world of today.

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Nov 15, Samia rated it really liked it. It was a very different country then, oppressive in another way. His early influences included his mother’s Sikhism, a Christian boarding school, and He-Man cartoons.

Because what is Pakistan except a part strager us, undivided India, that was separated and distorted into something it did not really want to be? They also consider their own governments and political classes as corrupted by western style.

A Muslim cannot be separated from Islam, a moderate Muslim distances himself from Islam but that does not change the characteristics of the faith. It is older generations too, less angry, more resigned, but still of the same mindset. It can also be a glimpse into what Pakistan has become, but like me, it can leave you with a profound sense of sadness and despair.

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Books by Aatish Taseer. A frustration and negativity, pent up and stoked and expressed in violence just a couple of years in the future. Ironically, Taseer’s secular perspective would benefit from a hard look at the real world. But not so in the case of India and Pakistan.

It is a good book that asks more questions than it answers. And although its publication was four years ago and concerns a world where there have been marked escalations in the troubles Taseer explores, it is important reading for those of us, West and East, who hope to better understand, and with knowledge become better able to act in ways that will help us circumvent more tragedy. When Atish finally meets him, he proves to be everything that he expects — charming, impressive, brilliant, larger-than-life.

His writing style is also gripping even though it is so simple. Having said that, it counts for a rich read and furthers my desire to read more about the ahish from that part of the world.