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William S. Burroughs vs. The Qur'an [Kindle Edition]

Michael Muhammad Knight
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Book Description

When Michael Muhammad Knight sets out to write the definitive biography of his “Anarcho-Sufi” hero and mentor, writer Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey), he makes a startling discovery that changes everything. At the same time that he grows disillusioned with his idol, Knight finds that his own books have led to American Muslim youths making a countercultural idol of him, placing him on the same pedestal that he had given Wilson.

In an attempt to forge his own path, Knight pledges himself to an Iranian Sufi order that Wilson had almost joined, attempts to write the Great American Queer Islamo-Futurist Novel, and even creates his own mosque in the wilderness of West Virginia. He also employs the “cut-up” writing method of Bey’s friend, the late William S. Burroughs, to the Qur’an, subjecting Islam’s holiest scripture to literary experimentation.

William S. Burroughs vs. the Qur’an is the struggle of a hero-worshiper without heroes and the meeting of religious and artistic paths, the quest of a writer as spiritual seeker.

Product Details

  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593764154
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593764766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593764760
  • ASIN: B007NLD1PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Mike's disillusionment with one of his (living) heroes is understandable--and sad. But following the denouement, the remainder of the book is a slapdash consisting of an aborted novel, the author coming to grips with his father's legacy, and his still-unfullfilled obsession with the enigmatic W. D. Fard. The author's heart is pure: this book, however, is ratty, unprofessional, and, in the final run,--a let-down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 9, 2012
Michael Muhammad Knight succeeds in doing exactly what he wants: providing his readership with a wonderful piece of blending his personal experiences with his attempts at writing two separate works. It fits nicely with his other nonfiction work from "Impossible Man" to "Blue-Eyed Devil" to "Journey to the End of Islam" - he writes extremely readable prose and commentary and weaves complex theological as well as social questions in his attempt to find his place within (or without) the fold of Islam. "WSB vs. The Qur'an" continues his discussions of The Five Percenters, The Moorish Science Temple of America, and Sufi Saints like Ibn Arabi. I would recommend it to anyone, period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 6, 2012
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Michael Knight never fails to astound. Honest, real, and impressive scholarship. As a white, male Muslim convert who thinks for himself and supports living in the 21st, not the 7th century, Michael's work speaks tonme in a deep and meaningful way. Alhamdulilah and blessings upon you Michael, and congrats on another excellent work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A view beneath the curtain August 13, 2012
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Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Mr. Knight's work. I have read his entire body of work and in my role as a college professor have taught several of his books. I just finished the first half of WSB vs. the Qur'an and couldn't put it down. It pulls back the curtain on a secret artistic and intellectual tradition linking American Islam, the "beats," and the counterculture in America and beyond with skill, passion and a deep emotional intelligence. And it is the most eloquent and poignant rumination on inter-generational relations between teachers and students, fathers and sons, masters and disciples I have ever read. I am leaving the computer now to read the second half. I'll send in a review of the whole book when I finish it. But I was so moved by "Book One" I felt the need to share this and quickly recommend it to others. Congratulations Mike on another fine book. Ya Ali and Ya Haqq!
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