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Journalist Shahan Mufti explores his family’s history to reveal the hybrid cultural and political landscape of Pakistan, the world’s first Islamic democracy. Mufti’s family history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad, offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots—real and imagined—of Islamic civilization in Pakistan. More than a personal history, The Faithful Scribe captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure, and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.
Over 4,500 articles, 150 primary source documents, and two Qur'an translations in English, including a concordance.
Full-text; Extensive resources for study and understanding; of the Islamic world. Articles from Oxford works including The Oxford Encyclopedia; of the Islamic World, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The; Islamic World: Past and Present, The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford; Dictionary of Islam, and more. Two translations of the Qur'an published in the; Oxford World's Classics series and an electronic version of Hanna Kassis's A; Concordance of the Qur'an.