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The Good Muslim

Tahmima Anam

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ISBN 10: 0670082899 / ISBN 13: 9780670082896
Published by Penguin Books India/Hamish Hamilton, 2011
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One hot afternoon in a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram arrives for Maya Haque. Eight years before, a devastating war tore Maya?s country?and her family?apart. Now she realises it is time to return home at last. Maya arrives to find that everything has changed. Her old friends have been seduced by the lure of new money, her city?s streets have been renamed and the freedom she had once yearned for is a long-forgotten dream. Worst of all, her beloved brother Sohail has become a stranger to her, abandoning his liberal beliefs to become a strict religious leader. As she attempts to come to terms with her brother?s radicalism, Maya will be forced to rethink what it means to be a good daughter, sister, friend and citizen?and to be a good Muslim. She must decide where her loyalties ultimately lie. Set in the dusty streets of Dhaka and the villages and river-islands of rural Bangladesh, at a time when the rise of religious fundamentalism was a whisper in the wind, The Good Muslim is an epic, unforgettable story of the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war. It is a novel that cleaves to the simple truths that shape all of our lives: that the bonds of family and love often strain to bear the weight of history. Printed Pages: 304. Bookseller Inventory # 26823

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Title: The Good Muslim

Publisher: Penguin Books India/Hamish Hamilton

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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One hot afternoon in a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram arrives for Maya Haque. Eight years before, a devastating war tore Maya s country and her family apart. Now she realises it is time to return home at last. Maya arrives to find that everything has changed. Her old friends have been seduced by the lure of new money, her city s streets have been renamed and the freedom she had once yearned for is a long-forgotten dream. Worst of all, her beloved brother Sohail has become a stranger to her, abandoning his liberal beliefs to become a strict religious leader. As she attempts to come to terms with her brother s radicalism, Maya will be forced to rethink what it means to be a good daughter, sister, friend and citizen and to be a good Muslim. She must decide where her loyalties ultimately lie. Set in the dusty streets of Dhaka and the villages and river-islands of rural Bangladesh, at a time when the rise of religious fundamentalism was a whisper in the wind, The Good Muslim is an epic, unforgettable story of the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war. It is a novel that cleaves to the simple truths that shape all of our lives: that the bonds of family and love often strain to bear the weight of history.

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A New Yorker Best Book of the Year

In the dying days of a brutal civil war in Bangladesh, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come.

Almost a decade later, Sohail's sister, Maya, returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax.

The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, the rise of religious fundamentalism, and the long shadow of war from prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam.

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