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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Taseer diagnoses the loss of tradition and some of its symptoms – indeed the book is a lament for what has gone – but once out of the subcontinent and into the more abstract search for Islamic identity, his journey is less compelling. Interwoven thru these two stories is his commentary on the young and restless in the Islamic World where faith, religion, state and government are trying to taseee and the youth are crying for expression and purpose and integration with atosh modern world in their lives beyond religion.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Atisu on my experience of reading Mr. Paperbackpages. Aatish Taseer, no schlub, Prufrockian or otherwise, in his memoir, Stranger to History: Islam must triumph, not for any purposefully argued logical or humanitarian reason, simply because.

The book is highly recommended.

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With his discussions among intellectuals and ordinary people in these places, he identifies the fault lines with unerring accuracy. I know the Muslim festivals, I know the cultural associations, I know the story of Ali, in the same way that my best friend from college, a Muslim, knew all of the corresponding Hindu points of interest.

When the author travelled the country inthey openly sided with the regime of Assad. I cannot speak or write these words without unrest of spirit. The author mentions that he also visited Oman and Yemen, but for reasons not specified he was unable to write about his experiences there. Our personal memories are shaded by our search for patterns.


They paint an unexpected picture of their country. To understand what is it actually to be a Muslim in the present world.

‘Stranger to History’ by Aatish Taseer

I have not made or accepted its words. What he discovers through his travel-memoire is a deeper understanding, an entrenched confusion about Islam strnager its relation to civilisation, culture and politics.

For Abdullah, its a mode of being, as temporal as being human.

For the faith to remain in power in a complex [modern] society, it had to beat down the bright and rebellious histogy of that society with its simplicities. Salmaan Taseer, his father, being somewhat a playboy, broke the relationship and returned to Pakistan. Aatish Taseer himself is a journalist by profession. Mar 26, Abiha rated it liked it. Rich people travel to the countryside only with a loaded Kalashnikov within their reach.

A significant portion of the hajj or umrah consisted of rituals which predated Islam but were grounded in Arabia. Yes, we know how religion has been exploited for political gains and when the two are mixed nothing spiritually pure comes out of it. Jan 17, Karnail Singh rated it it was amazing. And in “Distrust” he visits his father one last time on the day of Benazir Yistory assassination. It was, as he says, a very small sense. He had only a dim recollection of his father as an infant.

He is a man travelling alone, so most of his interlocutors are also histry. Karachi and Lahore he finds that the word “devious” always appears before “Hindu”. Jan 01, Gary Shostak rated it it was amazing. While he roams around the cities and countryside of these Islamic homelands, he experiences how these all are similar because of religion but different due to culture. Mail will not be published required.


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. Mar 09, Mohak Mangal rated it really liked it.

This quest for personal actualisation and an ethnic understanding are both deep and compelling journeys and they ground this sometimes meandering, but never short of insightful book. Though nominally a Muslim because his father was one, author seeks to establish in his mind just what Islam is all about.

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

There’s always a certain amount of meddling from the side-lines, and then there’s a child’s longing to know who he is, where he is really haseer.

A atish Taseer grew up in secular, pluralist India. His language, so familiar and so foreign, will always be for me an acquired speech.

Salmaan also tries to hide the fact that Aatish is his son as his political journey in Pakistan would be jeopardized by this revelation. I understand that feeling as well. He presents a one-dimensional picture of his transit lands, sometimes verging on the paranoid. Taweer are flashbacks to earlier meetings and school-day telephone calls. Stranger to History is a remarkable book — touching, brave, honest, elegantly written and filled with political and historical insight.

But, and this is an important but, the south has its own shared history and landscape.