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

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Graywolf Press, Nov 13, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

"Indispensable reading for anyone who wants a wider understanding of the Islamic world, of its history and its politics." —Financial Times

Aatish Taseer's fractured upbringing left him with many questions about his own identity. Raised by his Sikh mother in Delhi, his father, a Pakistani Muslim, remained a distant figure. Stranger to History is the story of the journey he made to try to understand what it means to be Muslim in the twenty-firstcentury. Starting from Istanbul, Islam's once greatest city, he travels to Mecca, its most holy, and then home through Iran and Pakistan. Ending in Lahore, at his estranged father's home, on the night Benazir Bhutto was killed, it is also the story of Taseer's divided family over the past fifty years. Recent events have added a coda to Stranger to History, as his father was murdered by a political assassin. A new introduction by the author reflects on how this event changes the impact of the book, and why its message is more relevant than ever.


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Travels through islamic lands by an Indian with a Pakistani father with the goal of meeting up with is estranged father at the end of the journey. Some very important and interesting observations about Pakistan, the world's foremost failed state. Read full review

STRANGER TO HISTORY: A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands

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A poignant journey through Muslim lands by a half-Indian, half-Muslim son attempting to find answers to his paternal identity.Journalist and novelist Taseer (Noon, 2011, etc.), raised in Delhi but ... Read full review


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Aatish Taseer is the author of two novels, The Temple-Goers and Noon, and a translation. He has worked as a reporter for Time magazine, and has written for The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and Esquire. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he lives in London and Delhi.

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