By Ali Eteraz
“[Eteraz’s] adventures are a heavenly read.” —O, the Oprah magazine
“In this supremely guaranteed, lush, and rip-roaring booklet, Eteraz manages to do the most unlikely, gliding with a bit of luck over the chasm that divides East and West. Wildly entertaining…memoir of the 1st order.” —Murad Kalam, writer of Night Journey
Ali Eteraz’s award-winning memoir unearths the searing religious tale of growing to be up in Pakistan less than the threat of militant Islamic fundamentalism after which overcoming the tradition surprise of emigrating to the U.S.. A gripping memoir evocative of Persepolis, Reading Lolita in Tehran, and the unconventional The Kite Runner, Eteraz’s narrative can be a cathartic chronicle of religious awakening. Yael Goldstein Love, writer of Overture, calls Children of Dust “a present and a need [that] might be learn by means of believers and nonbelievers alike.”
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From Kashmir. Your father has a pal who has a daughter. Such rosy cheeks. ” “I don’t desire a Kashmiri lady. i need Bilqis. ” “This Kashmiri woman I’m telling you approximately appears like that actress—the one with the rosy cheeks. ” “I favor Bilqis. ” “Son, allow me inform you a narrative approximately mountain girls,” Pops stated, taking up. “I had this uncle. sizeable man. He died ahead of you have been born. He used to be frightening. One time he threatened to overcome up a man and the man defecated in his personal outfits. besides, this uncle’s first spouse died, so he went to Peshawar and he paid a Pathan and purchased a tender spouse. Do you take into account the stone-faced widow that lived close to Dada Abu? ” “Are you suggesting that we purchase Bilqis? ” “No. I’m suggesting that we purchase a mountain lady that appears greater as the dollar-rupee alternate is beautiful strong nowadays! ” Pops acknowledged with a wink. i spotted that i used to be being mocked. My love trivialized. My emotions stomped upon. i really started crying. Then I pulled myself jointly and made one ultimate entice Islam. “Why can’t you do issues adequately? simply name her mom and dad, please. the place is your Islam? ” “So you need to do issues the Islamic method? ” Pops requested. “Nothing extra. ” “There’s a verse within the Quran which says that in case your mom and dad punish you, settle for it, with no rather a lot as asserting ‘Uff. ’” “I comprehend it,” I acknowledged. “Good. simply because your punishment for purchasing into this silly courting is that you’re going to move from your collage in new york for a faculty within the South. ” “No! ” I exclaimed, horrified. “You’ll do it this summer,” he acknowledged firmly. “I don’t are looking to pay attention the slightest uprising from you. The Quran prohibits you from disobeying your parents—and take into account, you declare to be very Islamic. ” “How are you able to do that? ” I pleaded. “Please. this can be despotism! ” Pops didn’t waver. “What did your Ibn Taymiya say? one thousand days of despotism are greater than in the future of anarchy? Don’t be an anarchist. hearken to your despotic father. that's Islam, in the end. ” That evening was once torture. I felt stars crashing round my head, and the sliver of the moon sliced my arteries open. I opened a duplicate of the Quran and cried into it. Bilqis used to be to were my wall among the secularity outdoors and the Islam inside of. She used to be imagined to be my safety. I felt susceptible. As I lay weeping, there has been a smooth knock and Ammi got here inside of. She took my hand and brushed my face. “Don’t fear approximately marriage. We’ll stopover at Pakistan for the summer time and spot if we will locate you a pleasant spouse there. ” Then she kissed me and left. while I again to long island i used to be extraordinarily dissatisfied at having to renounce Bilqis, notwithstanding I did as my father ordered and referred to as her to wreck issues off. an afternoon or later it happened to me that if I went to an Islamic kingdom to discover a spouse, as Ammi had prompt, the lady wouldn’t must be confident to put on hijab as Bilqis needed to be. actually, i would even locate anyone who wore the whole niqab. the potential of upgrading from Bilqis stuffed me with pleasure. If I had a niqabi spouse, my piety quotient will be off the charts—I may perhaps even take a number of other halves with no a person batting an eye fixed.