Set in the dramatic last days of the Ottoman Empire, this novel of love and bloodshed depicts a world trapped between Islam and the modern age. Camruddin is a simple Macedonian soldier caught up in the Young Turk conspiracy to overthrow the Sultan.
A romance with a girl from a Pasha’s harem presents him with a desperate choice: to join the Jihad in the Balkan hills, or to enjoy his love and the patronage of a high Imperial official. The collapse of old Turkey, amid intimations of the birth of a new nation, is brilliantly depicted, as the humour and good-natured nobility of the Ottoman establishment totters under the hammer-blows of invasion and internal revolt.
Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthal was born in 1875 in London, to an Anglican clergyman, and spent his formative years in rural Suffolk. He was contemporary of Winston Churchill at Harrow, the famous private school. During intervals from living a sedentary life in Suffolk, Pickthall travelled extensively in the Arab world and Turkey. In 1917, Pickthall reverted to Islam.
A strong advocate of the Ottoman Empire, Pickthall studied the Orient, published articles and novels on the subject, best known for the English translation of the Qur’an ‘ The meaning of the Holy Qur’an’ While under the service of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
In India he became a champion of independence and a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi and served as editor of the Bombay Chronicle, served as an Imam
Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy J Winter) graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then studied Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad.
Author: Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthal
Publisher: Muslim Academic Trust
Year Published: 2010
Length: 7.1 in
Width: 4.4 in
Height: 0.9 in