SHAHAN MUFTI / The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War
Shahan Mufti’s family history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad, offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots -- real and imagined -- of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.
More than a personal history, The Faithful Scribe captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure, and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.
“If you want to understand Pakistan and the Pakistani-American relationship, read this book. Mufti combines the personal, familial, national and international, narratives in a uniquely revealing manner. He is Pakistani and an American. And he brings that special blend to a brilliant work.”
—Ryan Crocker, American Ambassador to Pakistan, 2004-2007
Shahan Mufti is a journalist who has contributed pieces on Pakistan and the political evolution of Islam to Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Boston Sunday Globe, The Nation, Bloomberg Businessweek, Columbia Journalism Review, and many others. Between 2007 and 2009, Shahan reported from Pakistan as a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. He later joined the team of journalists that launched GlobalPost, an online portal for international news, for which he reported from South Asia and the United States. He teaches journalism at the University of Richmond and splits his time between the United States and Pakistan.