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Book Review

‘Stranger to History’ by Aatish Taseer

‘The ability to look hard at your own faith, to reject it, to consider another: I sometimes thought I must have traveled through a good part of the Muslim world in search of this intellectual openness and not found it until now.”

So writes Aatish Taseer about his meeting with a woman in Tehran, one of dozens of encounters in his travels across the Muslim world chronicled in “Stranger to History,’’ his impressive first work of nonfiction, published three years ago in Britain and now debuting here. That sentiment drives the eight-month quest by Taseer, author of the novels “The Temple-goers” and “Noon,” as he wrestles with his — and his father’s — relationship with Islam and with its often-contentious intersection with the modern secular world.

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