Desperately Seeking Paradise : Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim Paperback
Ziauddin Sardar, one of the foremost Muslim intellectuals in Britain, learned the Koran at his mother's knee in Pakistan.
As a young student in London he set out to grasp the meaning of his religion, and, hopefully, to find 'paradise', his quest leading him throughout the Muslim world, from Iran to China to Turkey.
Along the way he accepts that he may never reach paradise - but it's the journey that's important.
At a time when the view of Islam in the West is so often distorted and simplistic, Desperately Seeking Paradise - self-mocking, frank and passionate - is essential reading.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 356 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 06/06/2005
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781862077553
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Review by nabeelar
Ziauddin Sardar's introspective and often hilarious autobiography as he travels through the Muslim world seeking spiritual brotherhood and uncovering the beauty and warts of Islamic spiritual practice.In an attempt to get our Ill Fated Muslim Book Club away from the saccharine "Zeitoun" narrative of Muslims, we chose Ziauddin Sardar's account of Muslims and the complexity he finds therein. Sardar tells it as he sees it, with a lot of wit and humor.The American Muslims did not bother to read it. They wanted to talk about Ayn Rand. The displaced European Muslims loved the book and were dismayed by the Americans' reactions. I hate Ayn Rand.My German husband decided to raise the stakes. He firmly believes in the philosophy of Yoda, "Do or Do Not". In our case, "Read or Read Not." He would introduce a book of such controversial nature that it would be the crucible to test this community of Muslims and discover their true intellectual boundaries.