Desperately Seeking Paradise | Granta

  • Published: 22/03/2012
  • ISBN: 9781847086839
  • Granta Books
  • 356 pages

Desperately Seeking Paradise

Ziauddin Sardar

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.

Intoxicating ... upon finishing the book, I turned back and started reading it all over again

Kamila Shamise, New Statesman

At once and earnest and humorous, light-hearted and profound, this is a book that displays a sustained capacity for self-questioning of a kind that has few parallels in the liberal West

John Gray, Independent

This challenging book not only acts as a guide for Muslims but provides insight and clarification for those outside the Islamic faith

Financial Times

The Author

Ziauddin Sardar was born in Pakistan in 1951 and grew up in east London. He has worked as Muslim and Middle East correspondent for Nature, New Scientist and the Independent and has made programmes for Channel 4, London Weekend Television and the BBC. He has published over forty books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise, and contributes to the Observer, New Statesman, Independent, Evening Standard and Daily Mail. He is Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies at City University, London.

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