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the 911 terrorists Let that marinade for a whileBut the book goes beyond that and explores uestions of what it means to count oneself among the religious faithful and what it meant to be a woman in 1950s American and also in Pakistan but along the way turns into something than that like an exploration of the field of biography the way biographers contrive theories and ideas about their subjects using source materials that might also be contrived and how even the most voluminous collection of letters and essays can only give exposure to the tiniest slivers of a person's real identityThis was a uick read and I'd recommend it for anyone with an interest in these things As to why I didn't give it four starsI'm still trying to put my finger on exactly why I liked but didn't love it But still a good book I finished this book several days ago and needed some time to think on it My rating on the book is a reflection on the book's content than the writing of the author I think the author did a fine job with the topic's content I am just finding that I'm having a very negative reaction to the subject of the book Maryam Jameelah I waited for a long time to receive this book from the library there was a long waitlist Which I find interesting that there are lots of people wanting to read this book So there must be some fascination with a western woman converting to Islam After some thought I'm thinking this must relate to her leaving the United States and immersing herself in purdah in Pakistan than in her conversion herself as there are reportedly some 20000 women converting to Islam in the US every year at present and there seems little American interest in this factSo I received the book from the library with much excitement ready to learn about Maryam Jameelah about her life her conversion and her time in Pakistan And to be upfront and honest I am left extremely disappointed and well angry Because I am amazed that the Muslim world embraced a as I see it from the book largely uneducated probably insane woman as an Islamic scholar largely because she abondoned the US and the West to live in Pakistan or the Dar ul Islam the land of Islam Here is a woman abondoned by her American family abandoned by 2 Pakistani families because she was SO psychologically disturbed writing numerous books on Islam as if she was a scholar on the topic And Muslim publishers published her books and distributed them to the Muslim world without caring about her ualifications Which were NOTHING She was not an expert on the West Either academically or in life She had little real world experience She hadn't traveled couldn't speak about the diversity of the American experience or the western experience Then she spoke as if she were a scholar of Islam And yet she hadn't studied the hadith didn't know ANY classical Arabic and therefore couldn't even read the ur'an They all respected her ONLY because she was an American who rejected her culture and her country in favor of Islam What a low bar to setPerhaps things were different in those days and I should be grateful that things have changed Today American women converts are overwhelmingly highly educated a large number having masters degrees and are highly traveled both in the US and abroad They also study Islam intensively and therefore end up uite educated in Islamic history theology politics etc And as such they wouldn't dare to have the HUBRIS to write tracts instructing other Muslims on Islam Which I think is what blows me away about Maryam Jameelah Her sheer hubris The book even mentions the theological ideal Muslim leader He wouldn't dare offer up himself because to lead other Muslims astray the sheer danger to his soul would be SUCH a heavy burden That is the same for all religious Muslims So to see Maryam Jameelah with so little worldlifereligious knowledge try and spread her Islamic knowledge is uite shocking it's incredibly unislamic for her to do soAnd therefore that is I think what I find most upsetting about this book That people are so fascinated by this woman In 2011 people STILL want to learn from her When we have people with SO much religious knowledge SO many men and women with religious experience today from whichwhom we can learn The only true value I see in this book is that it shows who Maryam Jameelah truly is A woman who sought her own truth And I hope truly God willing she found it I hope God willing she found peace But I really hope as well that she did not bring along too many unsuspecting uneducated people down the wrong path extremism and false understandings of Islam with her And hopefully this book will shed light about her to prevent such misunderstandings from continuing to occur For those who read this book hoping to better understand the actual religion of Islam I advise seeking out those who have truly studied the theology of Islam for many years ie Fazlur Rahman Muhammad Asad Seyyid Hossein Nasr Jeffrey Lang not simply those who expound on it without knowledge Ultimately The Convert was unsatisfying to me because it seemed like the big reveal was MaryamMargaretPeggy is crazy Maryam Jameelah born Margaret Marcus Peggy to her family is an American Jewish woman raised on Long Island who converted to Islam and moved to Pakistan in the early 1960s when she was in her late 20s The book is structured around Maryam's conversion her struggles with fitting in or not in both Long Island and Pakistan and the possibility of her mental illness Told through reconstructionsedits of Maryam's letters edited by the author and the author's investigative journalism the book reveals after we read through a bunch of very articulate letters from Maryam that Maryam has spent time in a mental institution in both New York and Pakistan Surprise People with mental illnesses can be good writers with logical trains of thoughtIn both of the cultural contexts Maryam lived in she was an outcast in the US she was seen as freakishly modest and sexually frigid a la her Freudian psychoanalysts in Pakistan she was too bold and outspoken In both places her uite to anger temper was a defining feature of her interactions with other people I would have liked to read about sexism in both of these contexts and how the mental institution solution was not necessarily about Maryam herselfThroughout the book the author alternates between using the names Maryam Margaret and Peggy as if to underscore her crazy I mean really what kind of woman uses three names? Only a crazy oneThere are lots of interesting things about this book but I think the author could've gone deeper in interrogating the ways in which mental illness has been used against Maryam throughout her lifeI use the word crazy throughout this review to capture the dismissive way in which mental illness is treated in our culture It's not a word I condone the use of because it freuently is used to delegitimize a person's experiences and ideas about the world Wowwhat a fascinating subjectThis book tells the story of a Jewish American woman Peggy Marcus who converted to Islam when she was 27became Maryam Jameelah and left her comfy life in America and began a new one in Pakistanshe did this to live as a true Muslim as per her accountThe author Deborah Baker found archives marked as Maryam Jameelah on 4 boxes in NYPL archivesshe was intrigued as this was the only Muslim name among may Christian and Jewish onesshe studied these 4 boxesfound countless letters Jameelah wrote to her parents about her life in Pakistanalso very harsh on western materialism and telling how Muslim world as large has fell prey as a whole to this materialism and only getting back to their Islamic roots will liberate Muslims from the western evil's gripsHer manner is very grandioseshe was adopted by a very hardline Muslim in Pakistan named Mawlana Maududi a founder of Jammat E Islami party in Pakistan who believed in restoring Sharia as a law for all of Pakistanactually didn't want Pakistan the Muslim nation at 1st as he thought British should restore the Muslim kingdom whe they left on all of the India undivided and Muslim should rule over Hindus as they did for like 800 years b4 the English cameThis was so insulting for some 1 who's from India like meThe subjugation of Indian Hindus by Islam is a horror story of rape and conversions by sworda very violent shameful chapter i Indian historyThank g d these evil people left my country with the creation of PakistanPeggyMaryam as it turns out was diagnosed a SchizophrenicAnd was institutionalized in America for thisShe tells about this in her letters to her parents as wellagain his Pakistani family also made her institutionalized in PakistanEven they couldn't tolerate her nosiness in their livesWhat's very strange iseven if she's a schizophrenicher books and words are considered as authentic on the subject of Islamic rejection of the West and she is considered a best selling author in the Muslim worldI mean come onShe's a schizophrenicmeans her brain is not in touch of the reality around usthat's both tragic and comic tootragic for her works being seen as authentic and basis of Islamic rejection and many times baseless hatred of the WestComic for the same reason as she's some 1 not being in touch with the reality yet she's accepted as some1 authentic on such a broad subject impacting Billion livesThe format of the book is very interesting as Deborah Baker has published her letters almost as they wereits mostly in this format of Jameelah's letters and Deborah had to edit them a little to make some sense of themI loved the subjectthe book and I chose to read it as I wanted to understand a Schizophrenic mindhow a grandiose paranoid mind thinksit was an excellent study on itThe book didn't let me down5 Stars

  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Convert A Tale of Exile and Extremism
  • Deborah Baker
  • English
  • 17 May 2016
  • 9781555975821

About the Author: Deborah Baker

Deborah Baker was born in Charlottesville and grew up in Virginia Puerto Rico and New England She attended the University of Virginia and Cambridge University Her first biography written in college was Making a Farm The Life of Robert Bly published by Beacon Press in 1982After working a number of years as a book editor and publisher in 1990 she moved to Calcutta where she wrote In Extremi


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