The Faithful Scribe by Shahan Mufti
A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War

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This astonishingly detailed, well-researched history is brought to life by the addition of Mufti’s personal story’ and journalistic acumen.
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A 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 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.
 

About Shahan Mufti

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Shahan Mufti is a journalist who has contributed pieces on Pakistan and the political evolution of Islam to Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Boston Sunday Globe, The Nation, Bloomberg Businessweek, Columbia Journalism Review, and many others. He teaches journalism at the University of Richmond and splits his time between the United States and Pakistan.

Author Residence: Richmond, VA

Author Hometown: Athens, OH
 
Published September 24, 2013 by Other Press. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Sep 09 2013

This astonishingly detailed, well-researched history is brought to life by the addition of Mufti’s personal story’ and journalistic acumen.

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Reviewed by Allie Shah on Dec 28 2013

The author’s family stories illuminate key moments in the story of Pakistan as a nation, and they make it easier to understand and appreciate what’s at stake for generations to come.

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