It is a political novel written and published in 1994 in the backdrop of Pakistan sponsored secessionist insurgency in Kashmir, state of India. I wrote this novel as my intervention in Kashmir situation. The novel was written after I had renounced Islam. It was the culmination of—what Mallow calls—peak intellectual experience of sorts. The biographical theme of the protagonist and historical events have been merged in the backdrop of Kashmir situation since Indian independence. To some extent, the story of the protagonist of the novel is a story of my personal transformation from a Kashmiri Taliban into an atheist humanist, with cosmopolitan vision. However, soon after I renounced Islam, I turned science into my new religion, replacing religious stupidity with that of rationalist and positivist fanaticism. After two decades now, when I read this novel, the one-sidedness of the scientism, leftism and Cartesian-Newtonian world view that had gripped my soul at that time is apparent to me now. I am thrilled that I got rid of all the three contaminations of human thought. However, the form and content of this novel reflect my world view of those days, not of the present. The tendencies such as left brainism, over dependence on rationality and logical thinking had found full expression in this novel. Presently I over emphasize the qualities of the right brain such as imaginative thinking, emotions, empathy, feelings and dreaming. Recently during my third peak experience, I have gone beyond atheism and adopted love as my religion, with the woman as its prophet. I call this new religion, womanism. You might find the novel more political and less literary and ranting of a communist, an atheist and a positivist. I consider this as a political statement about the Kashmir situation. However, the novel offers something for everyone. For leftists, it is Marxism, anarchism and radical feminism made easy; for atheists, particularly for former Muslims, it is packed with new arguments against Islam, and for the rightist it offers new punch against political Islam. Muslim liberals and modernists will be amused to read an Islamic liberation theology written by atheists and a former Muslim. One of the segments of the novel can be downloaded free through this link: http://yangburzhome.com/divine-mission-segment-fitnah
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