The Resource Stranger to history : a son's journey through Islamic lands, Aatish Taseer

Stranger to history : a son's journey through Islamic lands, Aatish Taseer

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Stranger to history : a son's journey through Islamic lands
Title
Stranger to history
Title remainder
a son's journey through Islamic lands
Statement of responsibility
Aatish Taseer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As a child, all Aatish Taseer ever had of his father was his photograph in a browning silver frame. Raised by his Sikh mother in Delhi, his Pakistani father remained a distant figure, almost a figment of his imagination, until Aatish crossed the border when he was twenty-one to finally meet him. In the years that followed, the relationship between father and son revived, then fell apart. For Aatish, their tension had not just to do with the tensions of a son rediscovering his absent father -- they were intensified by the fact that Aatish was Indian, his father Pakistani and Muslim. It had complicated his parents' relationship; now it complicated his. The relationship forced Aatish to ask larger questions: Why did being Muslim mean that your allegiances went out to other Muslims before the citizens of your own country? Why did his father, despite claiming to be irreligious, describe himself as a 'cultural Muslim'? Why did Muslims see modernity as a threat? What made Islam a trump identity? Stranger to History is the story of the journey Aatish made to answer these questions -- starting from Istanbul, Islam's once greatest city, to Mecca, its most holy, and then home, through Iran and Pakistan. Ending in Lahore, at his estranged father's home, on the night Benazir Bhutto was killed, it is also the story of Aatish's own divided family over the past fifty years. Part memoir, part travelogue, probing, stylish and troubling, Stranger to History is an outstanding debut ... -- Product Description
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
NLC
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1980-
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Taseer, Aatish
Dewey number
910/.91767
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS49.7
LC item number
.T38 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Taseer, Aatish
  • Taseer, Aatish
  • Taseer, Aatish
  • Islamic countries
  • Families
  • Travel
  • Islamic countries
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Stranger to history : a son's journey through Islamic lands, Aatish Taseer
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (323 pages
Form of item
online
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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map)
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remote
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(OCoLC)1040020192
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Stranger to history : a son's journey through Islamic lands, Aatish Taseer
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (323 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1040020192

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