The author presents the history of Pakistan as it parallels the history of his family The title and opening paragraphs imply that there will be a full sweep, but most if it relates to Pakistan established 1947 as a nation There is some content on the British colonial era, a bit on the partition and less on earlier times.
Rather than a chronology, the author presents content both personal and national as he learns about it He starts by describing his earliest consciousness of history through his awareness of his parents views on things It follows with the events that parallel his own life, sometimes going backwards to a past event just learned or explained for instance the description of the building of Isla The Faithful Scribe is a story of Islam, Pakistan, family and war, the cultural and religious roots of modern Pakistan Shahan Mufti gives a complete history of the complicated country of Pakistan He delves into how continued political and historical strife continues to plague the mesh of Islam and the West Mufti notes the first Islamic Democracy has been subjected by periods of military rule, political instability and ongoing conflicts with neighboring India Pakistan continues to deal with issues such as terrorism, poverty, illiteracy and corruption Mufti is hopeful of Pakistan s future Mufti traces his geology and how his family fits into Islam and Pakistan He discovers his family dates back a thousand years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammed He shares how his own family has been impacted by Pakistan s past, present and remain hopful f Finished this book this weekend in Rye, NH If I could recommend one book about family roots, Islam and an easy to read history about Pakistan, this is the one I enjoyed reading Shahan Mufti s The Faithful Scribe Mufti is an American, born in Ohio, and his family is from Lahore, Pakistan His father taught at an Ohio college and Shahan went to Ohio public schools Shahan s family relocates to Pakistan and so Mufti is in a new place and learns on the fly everything about his parents homeland In the book, Mufti retraces the history of Pakistan He covers how and when it became the first Islamic democracy, all the way to the 2010 floods that devastated the nation Shahan is a journalist and puts his expertise to work He teaches the subject at the University of Richmond and what makes it a good read for beginners is his simple sentence structure what journalists are essentially taught how t
The book kept me glued to the pages, which was pretty commendable as the gist of the story was known to me and to every Pakistani The Pakistani family as an institution has grown from strength to strength as the government writ has weakened I guess the when any government grows weaker, other players will fill the vacuum created The feudals together with the British laid the foundation of the state of Pakistan in 1947, hoping to keep the arrangement ticking with the new government of Pakistan But the plight of the ordinary working class and the improvised was not addressed in this feudal based model which naturally failed to deliver This major fault line is now abundantly clear with the rise of the new Islamic militias fighting the feudal government nexus across the country These militias are challenging the prevalent order a ☆ The Faithful Scribe ↠´ Born in Ohio, but raised largely in Lahore, Pakistan, Mufti frames this memoir as a response to a question his wife asked Why is Pakistan such a mess His talent for explaining the political through the personal particularly the tormented embrace between his two home countries benefits from the uncanny convergence of his family s milestones with Pakistan s his parents married the day after India joined the 1971 war that bisected Pakistan a cousin died in the 1988 plane crash that killed President Zia In 2007, Mufti moved from New York to Islamabad to work as a foreign correspondent, and encountered a new era of violence that he describes as an auto immune disorder a devastating battle between the ideals of Islam and of Western democracy that the constitution of Pakistan aspires to reconcile From The New Yorker Magazine
Journalist Explores His Family S History To Reveal The Hybrid Cultural And Political Landscape Of Pakistan, The World S First Islamic Democracy Shahan Mufti S Family History, Which He Can Trace Back Fourteen Hundred Years To The Inner Circle Of The Prophet Muhammad, Offers An Enlightened Perspective On The Mystifying History Of Pakistan Mufti Uses The Stories Of His Ancestors, Many Of Whom Served As Judges And Jurists In Muslim Sharia Courts Of South Asia For Many Centuries, To Reveal The Deepest [Shahan Mufti] ¶ The Faithful Scribe [gothic-revival PDF] read Online Î Roots Real And Imagined Of Islamic Civilization In Pakistan More Than A Personal History, The Faithful Scribe Captures The Larger Story Of The World S First Islamic Democracy, And Explains How The State That Once Promised To Bridge Islam And The West Is Now Threatening To Crumble Under Historical And Political Pressure, And Why Pakistan S Destiny Matters To Us All Mufti is a talented and faithful scribe The title suggests the multiple perspectives, each covered with great insight and meaning As a result I better appreciate the complexities that are contemporary Pakistan, and the emphasis placed on family and heritage At the end of this hard to put down read Mufti acknowledges the many global conflicts ongoing when his parents and his wife s parents were born He concludes with the wish that his future children will look back at their parents time as the beginning of a world of peace Sadly that isn t yet the case but we all could benefit from his hopefulness.
I look forward tofrom this thoughtful, talented writer.
I understand the United State s fraught relationship with Pakistan muchafter reading this book, as well as the difficult relationship between Pakistan and India This is a family memoir mixed with history told by a Pakistani American journalist who covers Pakistani affairs Mostly covers post partition history, with a little bit of older stuff thrown in.