A fascinating insight into the living legacy of Islam in Europe.
Join us with the wonderful travel writer and journalist Tharik Hussain and his new book Minarets in the Mountains, a magical eye opening account of a journey into a Europe that rarely makes the news and is in danger of being erased altogether.
Another Europe, a Europe few people believe exists and many wish didn’t. Muslim Europe.
Londoner Tharik Hussain sets off with his wife and his young daughters around the Western Balkans, home to the largest indigenous Muslim population in Europe, and explores the regions of Eastern Europe where Islam has shaped places and people for more than half a millennium. Encountering blonde – haired, blue- eyed Muslims, visiting mystical Islamic lodges clinging to the sides of mountains, and praying in mosques older that the Sistine Chapel, he paints a picture of a hidden Muslim Europe, a vibrant place with breath taking history, spellbinding culture and unique identity.
Minarets in The Mountains, the first English travel narrative by a Muslim writer on this subject, also explores the historical roots of European Islamophobia. Tharik and his family learn lessons about themselves and their own identity as Britons, Europeans and Muslims. Following in the footsteps of renowned Ottoman traveller Evliya Celebi, they remind us that Europe is as Muslim as it is Christian, Jewish or pagan. Like William Dalrymple's In Xanadu, this is a vivid reimagining of a region's cultural heritage, unveiling forgotten Muslim communities, empires and their rulers; and like Kapka Kassabova's Border, it is a quest that forces us to consider what makes up our own identities, and more importantly, who decides?
About the author:
Tharik Hussain is affiliated as a fellow with the Centre for Religion and Heritage and is viewed widely as a specialist on Muslim heritage and culture, especially across the western hemisphere. Tharik’s previous work has often served to decolonise authorised and popular religious and cultural histories and narratives. He has produced award winning radio on America’s earliest mosques and Muslims communities and written a chapter about encountering the indigenous Muslims and Romania in the book The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Travels from Many Muslim Worlds. He is author of several travel guides for Lonely Planet, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Thailand, where again he is viewed as an expert on Muslim culture and Muslim travel
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