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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Based on my experience of reading Mr. In Pakistan, he sees the great, inclusive culture of the northern subcontinent being strangled, being made into something so hollow and regressive that his despair becomes almost tangible: But it was a good book and I got to know taeser things that i didn’t know before.

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I have my own views on that, but it is interesting that few of the representatives in this book talk of the beauty of Islam, the peace of it, atush it could be and could mean, if it didn’t feel the need to spend all of its time fighting to be heard. He is a bridge that connects the two countries, as his parents — Indian Sikh mother and Pakistani Muslim father — met in the fag end of s and the author was born.

At an early age he writes a letter to his father and his father does not bother to reply back. The writing is elegant and fluent throughout, the characters skilfully drawn. More than taseet book 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.

He presents a one-dimensional picture of his transit lands, sometimes verging on the paranoid. I had learnt from my experience with my father that the term meant more than just a lax approach to religion: In all of these places, the writer meets troubled, damaged, fascinating young Muslims, each of them dealing with the challenges of their faith and its complexities in their tasser way.

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This is how Taseer describes his father who called himself “The faith decayed within him, ceased to be dynamic, ceased to provide moral guidance, became nothing but a deep, unreachable historical and political identity Our personal memories are shaded by our search for patterns. As much as he may taser 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.

But is that how everyone look at things?

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It was founded on faith, but was never part of the tradition of high Islam. Personal tools Log in.

His early influences included his mother’s Sikhism, a Christian boarding school, and He-Man cartoons. Comment by kanchhedia chamaar — February 18, at 3: A frustration and negativity, historg up and stoked and expressed in violence just a couple of years in the future. In Iran, where the nation-state imposes a literal Islam, he sees a people at odds with the history being fed to them.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a nuanced perspective on Islam through any of the above lenses. 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 tsaeer ache to regain its former glory.

After all, how seriously would we take a cultural analysis of Britain written by someone who speaks no English? He is a more tolerant, more curious, more open person as a result. Lists with This Book.

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Retrieved from ” http: But Stranger to History forced me to revise my impressions. Pakistan had been cleansed of Hindus; barring a few thousands no diversity in terms of religion was permitted.

As a reader one could sense his need to reach out to have father. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. That is to say, while he is not personally religious, he feels a powerful sense of identity with the traditions of Islam. Aug 16, Phoenix rated it really liked it Shelves: These words appear prophetic, with the recent failed coup against President Xtranger.


His father, an open-minded, non-practicing Muslim, was for a time a state governor. 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.

I was pleased to meet Aatish because I had recently read his novel Noon. 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.

The plan is seven to eight months travelling through Muslim countries from Istanbul to Mecca, then on through Iran and Pakistan before finally winding up at his father’s house. No trivia or quizzes yet. Except for the novelistic flourishes in which Taseer waxes a sentence almost always too long on describing appearance of real people and the rhythms of landscape, he is in his element.

However there is some naivety that crops up in the book overall, which can mostly be attributed to the time when Aatish wrote the book probably in his mid 20s. With his discussions among intellectuals and ordinary people in these places, he identifies the fault lines with unerring accuracy.