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Fabric Of Our Lives (Story Of Fabpbi – India)

Fabric Of Our Lives (Story Of Fabpbi – India)

Deborah Baker
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How did Margaret Marcus of Larchmont become Maryam Jameelah of Lahore?

What drives a young woman raised in a postwar New York City suburb to convert to Islam, abandon her country and Jewish faith, and embrace a life of exile in Pakistan? The Convert tells the story of how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, one of the most trenchant and celebrated voices of Islam’s argument with the West.

A cache of Maryam’s letters to her parents in the archives of The New York Public Library sends acclaimed biographer Deborah Baker on her own odyssey into the labyrinthine heart of 20th century Islam. Casting a shadow over these letters is the enigmatic figure of Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, both Maryam’s adoptive father and mentor, and the man who laid the intellectual foundations for militant political Islam.

As she assembles the pieces of a singularly perplexing life, Baker finds herself captive to the larger questions raised by Maryam’s journey. How, exactly, did the cold war devolve into the war on terror? Is the argument between Islam and the West a metaphysical one or a historical one? Is Maryam’s story just another bleak chapter in the so-called clash of civilizations? Or does it signify something else entirely? And then there’s this: is the life depicted in Maryam’s letters home and in her books an honest reflection of the one she lived? Like many compelling and true tales, The Convert is stranger than fiction. It is both a gripping story of a life lived on the radical edge and a profound meditation on the roots of terror in our age of dread.

Imprint: India Viking

Published: May/2011

ISBN: 9780670085361

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹450.00

Fabric Of Our Lives (Story Of Fabpbi – India)

Deborah Baker

How did Margaret Marcus of Larchmont become Maryam Jameelah of Lahore?

What drives a young woman raised in a postwar New York City suburb to convert to Islam, abandon her country and Jewish faith, and embrace a life of exile in Pakistan? The Convert tells the story of how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, one of the most trenchant and celebrated voices of Islam’s argument with the West.

A cache of Maryam’s letters to her parents in the archives of The New York Public Library sends acclaimed biographer Deborah Baker on her own odyssey into the labyrinthine heart of 20th century Islam. Casting a shadow over these letters is the enigmatic figure of Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, both Maryam’s adoptive father and mentor, and the man who laid the intellectual foundations for militant political Islam.

As she assembles the pieces of a singularly perplexing life, Baker finds herself captive to the larger questions raised by Maryam’s journey. How, exactly, did the cold war devolve into the war on terror? Is the argument between Islam and the West a metaphysical one or a historical one? Is Maryam’s story just another bleak chapter in the so-called clash of civilizations? Or does it signify something else entirely? And then there’s this: is the life depicted in Maryam’s letters home and in her books an honest reflection of the one she lived? Like many compelling and true tales, The Convert is stranger than fiction. It is both a gripping story of a life lived on the radical edge and a profound meditation on the roots of terror in our age of dread.

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Deborah Baker

Deborah Baker is the author of Making a Farm: The Life of Robert Bly, In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1994, A Blue Hand: The Beats in India and The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in the nonfiction category in 2011. She lives in the USA and India.

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