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Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim Paperback – June 1, 2005
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“A curious, often amusing travelogue.” -- Publishers Weekly
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Our media do not often tell us that there are religious Muslims who also espouse modern knowledge, pluralism, and the principles of western democracies; so it is good to see in the book of this prominent Muslim journalist that such Muslims do exist, and we need to hear a lot more from and about them than we do. But it must be said that the picture which Sardar paints of most of the contemporary Muslim organizations, whether they are sects or the states he has visited, will provide ample evidence of how widespread is the rejection of modernity, pluralism and democracy in the Muslim world. Sardar sees all these as a perversion of Islam, as cases of rigidity and of arrested development and as a betrayal of the spirit of its golden age under the early Abbasids (roughly from the 9th to the 12th century) and from which the West learnt so much.
In the course of his Search for Paradise Sardar engaged with one Muslim sect after another and visited one Islamic country after another. He paints a devastating picture of almost all of them.Read more ›
The first movement he experiences growing up - the bane of many a Desi Muslim - is the Tablighi Jama'at. He documents his experiences with them and from my own dealings with them, it seems that everyone must share a similar experience so it is worth reading!
In his student years he experiences a number of different groups, including Sufism and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as being educated in traditional Islamic subjects. Not content with that he gets mixed up in the Iranian Revolution, insults a Pakistani prime minister and meets Osama bin Laden, amongst other things.
The best part of the book is later in his life, when he and a group of other 'misfit' Muslims come together to begin writing and developing their understanding of modern Islam. He meets (and argues with) such noteable figures as Ismail al-Faruqi and Anwar Ibrahim, recounting many memorable moments.
It is a great read... sometimes incredibly sad, sometimes shocking, but a fascinating account of one man's life and the state of contemporary Islam. With people like him at the helm, I feel very that Islam will be safe from the hands of the extremists.
Thank you Mr. Sardar for this wonderful gift.
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At the beginning I struggled to get into the book, but I went on I thoroughly grew to enjoy the author's writing style as well as his insights. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymous
I'm a non-Muslim intrigued by the seeming contradictions between Islam according to its peaceable adherents, Islam according to Western detractors, and also Islam according to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Connor
I would say that it is a very important book, especially these days when Muslims are seen as only Salafists. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gustaf Redemo
Awesome book by a great author. It's immensely entertaining all the while a huge treasure box of information. Highly recommended!Published 21 months ago by Herbert Reininger
People should reed more books with different perspectives and especially books by people who know what they are talking about. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by pepina stanchev
Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim - Masterpiece woven with strings of History, Religion and Philosophy. A good read for both Muslims and Non-Muslims.Published on February 25, 2012 by S. Khan
What a read!! Made me change my facebook status!! What truly amazed me was that Muslim Intellectualism is still a viable career!! Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Saleem Husain
I enjoyed this book so much that I purchased one for all my friends and family. Zia does a good job taking jabs at Muslim intransigence and the challenges facing the Ummah to... Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by Atif Fareed
very thought provoking book. Mr. Sardar takes you on a long religious, political and spiritual journey which starts in the 60's and continues to current times. Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by Lostplanet