Keepers of the Faith - A Novel - Must Read

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Keepers of the Faith - A Novel - Must Read

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Unread post by Admin » Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:34 am

Keepers of the Faith: This new novel is a must-read. It is a story of blind faith and of a ruthless clergy that destroy lives and relationships.

Ismail K Poonawala has written a Foreword for the book.

The book is published in Canada by Mawenzi House and can be purchased from the following outlets:
Reviews

"Keepers of the Faith is an inspiring and provocative novel. Ajmeri deserves full credit for his lucid style and thoughtful and philosophical reflections over the bewildering events that unfold. All the scenes vividly narrated come alive before the readers' eyes like a beautiful tableau painted by a skilful master painter. In my view, Keepers of the Faith should be read by all Momins conversant with English. It is hoped that soon the novel will be translated into Urdu, Gujarati and Hindi and other languages so that inquisitive readers all around the globe can also enjoy this masterpiece."

- Ismail K. Poonawala, Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles


“Keepers of the Faith is a beautifully written novel that situates a moving personal story against the backdrop of inter- and intra-communal tensions in modern India. The novel is at once a poignant love story as well as a trenchant exploration of the interplay between orthodoxy and Islamophobia at home and abroad. Written in a style that is at once accessible and often lyrical, redolent of memories and observations keenly made, the novel will prove a read that is both immersive and insightful.”

- Sumaiya Hamdani, an Associate Professor of History at George Mason University


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Unread post by Udaipuri » Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:13 pm

This book was launched in Udaipur in Feb this year during the reformist conference. I've read it and must say that it captures the Bohra reality in a way no other non-fiction book can. The story of two lovers separated by religious strife is relatable and heartbreaking. The plot is well structured and keeps the reader engaged till the end, you want to keep turning the page and yet don't want the book to finish. There's much more to the story than just religion of course. The literary style is simple yet poetic and the author offers nuggets of humour and deep insights into the human condition. I would highly recommend it and urge everyone to read it and gift it to your family and friends.

This is a bold and brave book. High time someone worte it.

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Unread post by Sheikh_Sajjad_Husain » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:44 pm

Could not read more than 3 pages, it is very touching and painful.

scares me, that I could relate to it at such a personal level....

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Unread post by Admin » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:01 am

Ismail K. Poonawala, the eminent Islamic scholar has written a Foreword for this novel:

"It is no easy task to survey and present a comprehensive view of the contemporary history of a close-knit Shia Muslim community to a broad public audience without compromising on the scholarly rigour demanded by the subtle nuances of that history. In an ambitious endeavour to do precisely that, Shaukat Ajmeri masterfully executes just such a task in his debut novel Keepers of the Faith, setting an exemplary standard that ought to be followed by aspiring writers in the genre of historical fiction." Read more...

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Unread post by Humsafar » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:03 am

Every Bohra should read this book. Can't recommend it enough.

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Unread post by Udaipuri » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:46 am

Came across this piece, a letter to the author by Sumaiya Hamdani:

"I have just finished reading your novel. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to do so, in part because all throughout I was making mental notes about what to say to you about it. Many things, actually, among them that you have done for the Bohras what M.G. Vassanji has done for the Khojas. And there he was, being thanked in your acknowledgments at the end of the novel." Continued...

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Unread post by Mkenya » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:50 pm

I have just started reading this book. So far it has not gripped me but I am hopeful. I feel this book will have a limited readership as the plot revolves around a pitiful small community, its corrupt leader and his dealings. Its circulation will be limited to gloating separatists simply because it touches their raw nerve. Contrary to Sumaiya Hamdani's review paralleling Ajmeri's literary skills to M.G. Vassanji is dillusionary.

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Unread post by Maqbool » Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:08 am

Paper back copy of this book is not available in India. Is sale of this book is sabotage by Moula!

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Unread post by Admin » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:47 am

Maqbool wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:08 am
Paper back copy of this book is not available in India. Is sale of this book is sabotage by Moula!
The book is not published in India yet that is why the paperback is not available. Inshallah it will be available in a few months.

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Unread post by Udaipuri » Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:31 pm

Mkenya wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:50 pm
I have just started reading this book. So far it has not gripped me but I am hopeful. I feel this book will have a limited readership as the plot revolves around a pitiful small community, its corrupt leader and his dealings. Its circulation will be limited to gloating separatists simply because it touches their raw nerve. Contrary to Sumaiya Hamdani's review paralleling Ajmeri's literary skills to M.G. Vassanji is dillusionary.
Passing judgement before finishing the book? Although every book should be judged on its own merits, I thought you being critical of Kothar and its misdoings would have positive things to say. If nothing else, at least appreciate the attempt to bring the issue to light to a wider public. Don't have to be so dismissive. In any case, I'm hoping you would like the book. I think you misunderstood Sumaiya Hamdani's comment. She's not comparing skills of the two, Vassanji of course is a great literary master. She is merely identifying the similarities of the themes the two authors have taken up with respect to their communities.

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Unread post by Mkenya » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:06 pm

Udaipuri bhai: I commend Ajmeri's effort, as you say, to attempt to bring the issue to light to a wider public. The phrase 'wider public' to me means you, me and those critical of the Kothar. The book's conceptual plot plays out in real terms in hundreds of Bohra homes daily. Lives have been torn apart, relationship have been destroyed, physical violence has ensued and so forth. This, and other attempts, to 'bring the issue to light' are literary notches. For years I was totally immersed on Kothar's side and observed first hand its underhanded and ruthless tactics to muzzle dissent. Suffice it to say that I will finish reading the book and shelve it with the writings of Noman Contractor, Asgerali Engineer and others. No hard feelings!

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Unread post by Udaipuri » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:04 am

Mkenya bhai: This is a work of fiction so hopefully its appeal and reach will be beyond you and me. Inshallah. My request is not to shelve this and the writings of Asghar Ali Engineer and others, that would be such a waste. Lend them to others -- friends and family -- encourage them to read and discuss. Kothar will muzzle dissent but that doesn't mean we stop dissenting. We all have to try what we can, small acts of resistance will slowly loosen the Kohtar's grip. Nothing is forever.