Over The Tightrope by Asif Ismael

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"A spiritual adventure story borrowing tropes from magical realism, speculative fiction, and urban fantasy...an exciting story with a wealth of provocative thoughts."
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This whimsical debut glimpses the future of Islam and stars an atheist who flirts with the realities of Paradise and Hell. It’s 2050—New York. In the aftermath of a grueling vision quest on ayahuasca—a psychedelic compound—Ismaeel, a Pakistani-American graduate student, enters an otherworldly alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A nonbeliever, he must return to Pakistan, now in the grips of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the regime. To accomplish this he must pose as a true believer. Thus unfolds his mysterious mission—the Path to High Knowledge—that blends past, the present, as well as Ismaeel’s quest for true understanding of faith. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission?
 

About Asif Ismael

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Brought up in Lahore, Pakistan, until the age of 20, Asif Ismael has been living in the United States for the last 25 years. With a background both in neuroscience and religion, he is currently involved in research in the field of Neuro-Theology. Outside of his scientific work, he is interested in literature, philosophy, and history among other things. He is particularly drawn to humor for its unique ability to bypass the conditioned mind, and its time-honored use to trigger instant learning, or illumination. He lives in New York City, and is currently working on his next novel.
 
Published October 21, 2015 by J.R. Sarmoun. 338 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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on Oct 05 2015

"A spiritual adventure story borrowing tropes from magical realism, speculative fiction, and urban fantasy...an exciting story with a wealth of provocative thoughts."

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