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The Convert - A Tale of Exile and Extremism

Deborah Baker

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 the acclaimed biographer Deborah Baker on her own odyssey into the labyrinthine heart of twentieth-century Islam. Casting a shadow over these letters is the mysterious figure of Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, both Maryam' s adoptive father and the man who laid the intellectual foundations for militant Islam. As she assembles the pieces of a singularly perplexing life, Baker finds herself captive to questions raised by Maryam' s journey. Is her story just another bleak chapter in a 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 a gripping account of a life lived on the radical edge and a profound meditation on the cultural conflicts that frustrate mutual understanding.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christina Moore

Length:

8h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

28:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

30:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

29:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:23