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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He is seeking specific answers and so his questions are focussed. Often in he feels uncomfortable at remarks made about non-Muslims.

His work has been translated into over ten languages. There is a kind atosh you don’t understand! I cannot speak or write these words without unrest of spirit. Totally loved the narrative style as he begins to navigate the ti religious boundaries across various countries of the world. He 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.


STRANGER TO HISTORY by Aatish Taseer | Kirkus Reviews

Aatish Taseer is Indian, his father is Pakistani, and his maternal family are partition refugees. In all of these places, arish writer meets troubled, damaged, fascinating young Muslims, each of them dealing with the challenges of their faith and its complexities in their own way. 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.

This book talks about the life, culture of people in the different Islamic countries and how it affects him as an individual and his relationship with his father, Salmaan Taseer. Refresh and try again. Salmaan Taseer, his father, being somewhat a playboy, broke the relationship and returned to Pakistan.

Salmaan also tries to hide the fact that Aatish is his son as his political journey in Pakistan would be jeopardized by this revelation. He lives between London and Delhi. He finds that Islam is for the most part a rigid culture, not particularly open and searching. It’s not JUST a travelogue. And in “Distrust” he visits his father one last time on the day of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. 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 They watch the news coverage together, mostly in silence.


But like it is in the north, India is a land of so many cultural, communal, and religious differences that being Muslim was, to me growing up, just another mode of being, just another difference in a country-ful of them.


Our personal memories are shaded by our search for patterns. It is interesting that Aatish exhibits that growth in the introduction to the revised edition which came out a year after Salmaan Taseer was assasinated. Syria was tazeer perfect example of a closed world system, an ideal laboratory of isolation, a police state where the real world problems could be tuned jistory. But… it’s just the next round of brutality. His writing style is also gripping even though it is so simple.

At an early age he writes a letter to An autobiographical book by Aatish Taseer, the son of Tavleen Singh an Indian Journalist and Salmaan Taseer a Pakistani politician who worked closely with the Bhuttos.

Except for the novelistic flourishes in which Taseer waxes histtory sentence almost always too long on describing appearance of real people and the rhythms of landscape, he is in his element.

That is to say, while he is not personally religious, he feels a powerful sense of identity with the traditions of Islam.

Jan 17, Karnail Singh rated it it was amazing. Religion has become a political and historical grievance against the modern world. As expressed by representative men in Turkey, Islam wants to dominate the world, where they are ready to grant the right to life to other religionists and perhaps nothing more.


Before I read this book, I wondered why Islamic terrorists never think to proselytize for their religion instead of killing non-believers. And the days of our ancestors live inside us, whether we recognize the fact or not. Ties between the two countries floundered and people to people contacts also died down.

His descriptions stranyer rural Sindh and the troubled feudal landowner he finds there are unforgettable. This book was quite an undertaking for a young journalist struggling to reconcile his identity and heritage. Even after contact was finally made, their relationship remained distant. Mar 03, Ayesha U rated it it was ok. ti

It should have been an rewarding experience for him, but he does not manage to convey the full import of what the journey meant for him to the reader. Another absence is traditional, diverse Islam. 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. Pakistan presents the most tragi-comic example of all.

Pakistan had been cleansed of Hindus; barring a few thousands no diversity in terms of religion was permitted. He talks economics and politics, but mostly he talks religion. However, this failure may be my own.

Though nominally a Muslim because his father was one, author seeks to histort in his mind just what Islam is all about. In Arabia, he ventures into the history of Islam, and how it got to where it is today. There was no surprise in knowing how guarded and corrupt Iranian system was.

Feb 28, N rated it really liked it.