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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Of the countries he toured, Turkey and Iran present contrasts of a glaring nature. In the book, Aatish, relates his experience in these countries. What we see now, whether in corrupt police states or in the “revived” Islamic regimes, is the loss of that older society. More than a book And it was never going to happen. It really is that simple. Taseer describes the embarrassment, frustration and occasional joy of meeting his father and half-siblings, and of approaching a cultural and national identity which painfully excludes him.

The Republic had failed its people.

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

Comment by Akinchan Sen — September 25, at 7: I had high expectations from this book, but it left me underwhelmed. Quotes from Stranger to Histo In Teheran Aatish meets a disparate atiwh of party-goers, film-makers, former revolutionaries and members of the Hare Krishna movement.

The Spectator’s reviewer said that the ttaseer should be read by policymakers that they might gain “insights into the thinking of angry young Muslim men”. I came to know about him when his father was brutally killed last year.

Ti expressed by representative men in Turkey, Islam wants to dominate the world, where they are ready to grant the right to life to other hitory and perhaps nothing stranber. The struggles of youth caught between trying to integrate in a dynamic and changing world and being enforced on the basis of a world order written centuries ago in the 21st century is lucidly detailed. Karachi and Lahore he finds that the word “devious” always appears before “Hindu”. In Arabia, he ventures into the history of Islam, and how it got to where it is today.

There is at times a certain clumsiness in definition – is the Muslims’ problem an obsession with or a denial of history? Taseer, I attended Delhi School of Economics in the s as an year old yokel who did not need attendant English commentary in order to understand what differential equations meant in economics. My voice holds them at bay.


Refresh and try again. The main thesis histoey the book is the journey that the author undertook through certain Islamic countries and his quest to understand what binds or divides the Muslims all across the globe. He relates the meetings he has with the different set of people in the different countries. My view is that he should have taken the hint.

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

A atish Taseer grew up in secular, pluralist India. Dec 03, Lorinda rated it really liked it. This is most clear when Taseer writes about the partition of Pakistan and India, and Pakistan’s jettisoning of its Indian past in favor of the Islamic past, creating a greater divide between the two nations than any border. So it took a little bit of time to fo it. Something tells me tha Aatish Taseer has an interesting background. How much of what goes on in the streets and in people’s heads is genuine faith, how much of it is political ideology, how much just accepted tenets from traditional ways without thought or favour, how much of it — really — matters?

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

Jan 10, Ryan Murdock rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He has gained in knowledge and lost in innocence, but it feels right. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Even though he calls out what he is learning from time to time during his travels, I found it a little difficult to come to grips with the uistory issue of theocratic government and religion’s role in society. He grew up in India amongst his Sikh relatives with little or no contact with his biological father till he was in his 20s.

Taseer personifies the psychological world he grew up in, Punjabi, India, haunted by its pre-Partition past. Based on my experience of reading Mr. Too tolerant, though, for the Strangrr establishment. He wishes to find some similarities, a common thread that supposedly joins a disparate group of people around the world: At one point his father and step-mother debate “the holocaust” and downplay the numbers, the reality of it, and whilst this is an extreme example it underlines a feeling that comes across elsewhere that many of the people he meets resent the Jews for being able to claim ‘victim status’.


Though it is gross injustice to compare the two of them considering both writers are good in their own rightAatish could take a leaf from Dalrymple’s style guide. The one time the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are mentioned, the word is bracketed between inverted commas, as if it were no more than a Muslim fantasy.

For example, the entire episode of Mango King — the Sindhi vaderahis strwnger as a child and the mention of his court case seem redundant. He’s also a pretty good wielder of words.

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For this he was murdered, in cold blood, by a member of his own security detail, in Aatish Taseer is wonderfully gifted writer. Moreover, as an Indian who is enchanted with Pakistan but has no Through this memoir, Taseer manages to combine two narratives – his relationship with his father go the ‘idea’ of Islam in different countries. His father had married many times in the meanwhile and had children through all of them.

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This we didn’t quite understand. Aatish had a Sikh upbringing as he was brought up by his mother. May 17, Karan rated it really liked it Shelves: When I sought work in Delhi, my prospective employers asked me if I knew how to mix a taser martini or who had created the literary character Lord Emsworth. Although this is an important piece of work and does enlighten and also entertain at many points, but it does not really captivate the reader. 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 strabger that right.