The Travel Club Talks: Decolonising Travel Writing with Tharik Hussain – 7pm, 29 September
On 29 September at 7.00pm, Tharik Hussain, author of the bestselling Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe, will discuss the background to his book and why it’s more important than ever now to hear from new voices in travel writing.
At 7pm on 29 September, Tharik Hussain, author of the bestselling Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe, will discuss the background to his book and why it’s more important than ever now to hear from new voices in travel writing.
Tharik Hussain is an expert on Muslim culture and travel, affiliated as a fellow with the Centre for Religion and Heritage. He has produced award winning radio on America’s earliest mosques and Muslim communities and written a chapter about encountering the indigenous Muslims in Romania in the book The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Travels from Many Muslim Worlds, as well as writing several travel guides for Lonely Planet.
His new book is the first English travel narrative by a Muslim writer about the indigenous Muslim cultures of Europe, and also explores the historical roots of European Islamophobia. Tharik and his family learn lessons about themselves and their own identity as Britons, Europeans and Muslims. Following in the footsteps of renowned Ottoman traveller Evliya Celebi, they remind us that Europe is as Muslim as it is Christian, Jewish or pagan.
Like William Dalrymple’s In Xanadu, Minarets in the Mountains is a vivid reimagining of a region’s cultural heritage, unveiling forgotten Muslim communities, empires and their rulers; and like Kapka Kassabova’s Border, it is a quest that forces us to consider what makes up our own identities, and more importantly, who decides?
How it works
This is an online event. You’ll need a suitable device and internet connection, but no technical knowledge beyond that. Full instructions will be provided when you sign up. You’ll be able to access the talk via the Zoom app or using any browser, and you’ll be able to ask questions using the Chat function.
Tickets are FREE to Travel Club members using the code provided. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up at patreon.com/bradtguides.
For everyone else, tickets are £5 which will be redeemable against a copy of Minarets in the Mountains.