Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

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Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))

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During the many weeks of their travel, of course they encountered some unpleasant personalities and alarming experience, or even confusing practices, but those occurrences did not make them suspicious towards everyone they met in the country, nor deter them from enjoying other places.

It records the journey that brother Tharik undertook with his beloved family through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. It's never really a good sign when someone writing a memoir -- who is not a literary author exposing the foibles of humanity through their own self -- makes you think, "oh lord, if I were his teenage daughter on this trip with him, I too would be sooo embarrassed!Through travel’s most talented storytellers, you’ll face adversity along the Congo’s raging River Lulua, make new friends aboard Iraq’s night train, and embark on life-changing pilgrimages from India to Saudi Arabia. Tharik also brilliantly dissects the more recent political events and idealogies which attempted to eradicate any semblance of Islamic history.

When asked how to get rid of these Islamophobic attitudes, Tharik believes it is not straightforward nor a quick fix.

The many mentions of Sinan the architectural genius of the 16th century Ottoman really made my read more enjoyable. This is a wonderful and truly heartwarming travelogue by the creator of The Woking Trail and The Muslim Cemetery Walk, which is a Muslim herotage trail in the UK. It’s an intense and through history book on the history of Islam in the Balkans as well as a travelogue of a family discovering their Muslim heritage in Western Europe. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. The book has made me want to explore these countries myself, so I thank the author for that motivation.

Visiting Albania myself and be in the same places including NP restaurant I can say Country is more fascinating that one written in his book. Although some of the heritage was damaged and demolished, it has been rebuilt by local communities and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), who are keen to preserve Turkish history. Just four pages later – We stopped in front of a map showing the entire region but with a focus on the nearby Gostilje National Park, for which Sjenica was clearly a gateway. The author visits historic mosques and old bridges, Sufi lodges and Ottoman hammams, all the while seamlessly weaving in tales of sultans and imperial architects.It was great to read about the history of Islam in Europe and its positive contribution to eastern European life and culture. Thanks to the rise of the political right-wing, Muslim Europe is being pushed as a threat to our way of life in Europe and the UK.

Damn, the Islamophobia was deep”, said Saleh [a tourist from Manchester], no longer sounding surprised. A magical, eye-opening account of a journey into a Europe that rarely makes the news and is in danger of being erased altogether.It presents a refreshing alternative take on the usual travel book and certainly opened my eyes to the Islamic influence on a part of Europe I have not visited. He has been named one of the UK’s most inspiring British Bangladeshis and is a Fellow at the University of Groningen’s Centre for Religion and Heritage. He dives into the thinking behind why such a significant part of European history has vanished from memory, education and our books.



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