Author(s): Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar, one of the foremost Muslim intellectuals in Britain, learned the Koran at his mother's knee in Pakistan. As a young student in London he set out to grasp the meaning of his religion, and, hopefully, to find 'paradise', his quest leading him throughout the Muslim world, from Iran to China to Turkey. He finds himself torn between rage at Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and disgust at the fatwah, and is horrified by the events of September 11 2001, but his irrepressible curiosity compels him to search for a middle, humane way between western secularism and Islamist certainty. Along the way he accepts that he may never reach paradise
Ziauddin Sardar was born in Pakistan in 1951 and grew up in Hackney, East London. He has worked as Muslim and Middle East correspondent for Nature, New Scientist and the Independent and has made programmes for Channel 4, LWT and the BBC. He has published over 40 books, and contributes to the Observer, New Statesman, Independent, Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. He is Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies at City University, London.