Unimagined: A Muslim Boy Meets the West

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Unimagined: A Muslim Boy Meets the West
  • Imran Ahmad
  • English
  • 10 May 2017
  • 9781455508495

About the Author: Imran Ahmad

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Unimagined: A Muslim Boy Meets the WestBoth Deliciously Funny And Deeply Insightful, THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN Is A Beguiling Multi Layered Memoir That Has Touched The Hearts Of Readers All Over The World At The Age Of One, Imran Ahmad Moved From Pakistan To London, Growing Up Torn Between His Islamic Identity And His Desire To Embrace The West Join Imran In His Lifelong Struggle Against Corruption And Injustice, And As He Grapples With Some Of Life S Most Profound Questions What Does God Do Exactly Do You Automatically Go To Hell For Following The Wrong Religion How Do You Persuade A Beautiful Woman To Become Your Girlfriend And Would Driving A Jaguar XJS Help Can You Maintain A James Bond Persona Without The Vodka, Cigarettes And Women Even Whilst Your Parents Are Trying To Arrange Your Marriage Imran S Unimagined Journey Makes Thoughtful, Compelling, And Downright Delightful Reading With A Unique Style And Unflinching Honesty, THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN Addresses Serious Issues In An Extraordinarily Light Way, And Will Leave Readers Both Thinking Deeply And Laughing Out Loud

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10 thoughts on “Unimagined: A Muslim Boy Meets the West

  1. Bruce Cline says:

    The Perfect Gentleman, A Muslim Boy Meets the West by Imran Ahmad pp 333 This is one of the most interesting social commentaries in the guise of a memoir I ve ever read Much of it is written from a youthful perspective that effectively uses na vet ignorance used non pejoratively to shed light on physical difference, relationships mostly imagined , discrimination, racism, classism, school, culture, family, and above all religion As the author, a Pakistani transplant along with his family, living in England and later Scotland, moved through childhood and into adulthood including relationships also mostly imagined , higher education, politics, cars, and work, he increasingly talked about religion As he was accosted by evangelical Christians in obnoxious and repeated attempts to pull him away from Islam sometimes harshly , he openly explores the two religions, their similarities dissimilarities, faith versus rationally based beliefs, the historical Jesus and Muhammad, his own temptations, religious practice, comparisons of theological precepts and their real world applications, and His observations about himself, his beliefs, his very real doubts, his fellow believers, all the while making honest comparisons with other religions though mostly Christianity and its adherents are fascinating All of this very heavy material is explored within a mostly lightweight framework and it seamlessly flows in, out, and through mundane and secular elements of everyday life Refreshingly, Ahmad is effortlessly humorous, never breaking a sweat while revealing humor in everyday events and situations Because his views on all aspects of life come from an angle literally foreign to most of us, his observations are delightfully askew and above all insightful This is an amazingly easy read, yet is as thoughtful and provocative a book as I have read in recent memory.

  2. Rhett says:

    In the spirit of full disclosure, most of what follows actually started out as a comment on another reader s review It only occurred to me after posting it, that it might serve as my own review of the book I came by The Perfect Gentleman, not because of any particular interest or familiarity with Islam or the experience of Pakistani immigrants in the U.K., but because I own a Jaguar XJ S, for the very same reasons that the young Imran Ahmad wants one in the book It s a connection, I suppose, but seemingly a thin one Or so I thought at first Ultimately, I was so moved by The Perfect Gentleman that I ve given out over ten copies of it, explaining to each recipient how and why I think this book touched me.I m roughly the same age as the author, but I m ethnically Anglo Saxon, with an ostensibly Christian background, and I grew up in an entirely different economic class, in a largely Anglo Saxon suburban California county in the U.S In theory, I should have found the fish out of water memoir of a Pakistani Muslim boy growing up in the U.K completely foreign Instead, I found Imran Ahmad s frank, down to earth writing style, lightness of touch, and his ability to illustrate the universality of the human experience by exploring the cultural differences of those around him, so relatable and poignant that I came away feeling like I d just met a new close friend, rather than a stranger living on the other side of the planet Most of us tell stories about who we think we are, where we come from and how we came to be the modern version of ourselves and most of us do it in a way that makes us look good and virtuous, often at the expense of others The Perfect Gentleman is different in that there are effectively two, very different Imran Ahmads Young Imran is the callow youth at the center of the narrative, and for whom the title The Perfect Gentleman would be aspirational, and the modern Imran, who is the voice of the narrative, and for whom the title The Perfect Gentleman , is ironic For this reader, the mystery at the heart of the story was How does this youth, with his rigid and sometimes unsympathetic views, evolve into the kind of person who can reflect on his experiences with awareness and wisdom, fearlessly sharing his journey through the shortcomings of his youthful outlook on life in the service of a deeper inquiry Taking the journey with him was rich, resonant and emotionally satisfying.

  3. Waqar Saleem says:

    This book is written out like an autobiography of the author whose family migrated from Pakistan to England shortly after partition when he was still a small child Its chapters are indexed by the year he is writing about and his age at the time, with rarely than 6 pages devoted to each year This makes the book a quick read.The book lists the author s observations of and reflections on the world around him The style is candid and the author s personal sense of humour shines through as he tackles living in the West while simultaneously harbouring Islamic values While the author experiences many of the things of a typical teenage boy at the time, these is an added strain of the conflict between the different realities he finds himself in the West around him and his traditional Islamic values, his being coloured in a society dominated by white people.Whereas writings on the above topics can make for heavy and serious reading, I commend the author for presenting a cheery, breezy look at them He takes no sides and offers no judgments, but writes simply about how he himself along the course of a normal, daily life, comes to terms with these issues.The book is a good, light read that through its candid humor and frank, sometimes innocent and insightful, observations grips you from the start to the finish I enjoyed it a lot

  4. Baljit says:

    Finished this in a day. Absolutely refreshing Imran writes candidly about his life as a Pakistani boy in London From a room in a bedsit, to his parents own home, his entrance into a prestigious grammer school and his university days in Scotland.But thru his ups and downs he is plagued by religious questions and his discussions with various Christian evangelists fuel his doubts about Islam being the true path Life is a journey as Imran discovers Hope this brilliant writer produces fine work

  5. Dolores says:

    I met the author a few weeks ago when he gave a talk about the book in Dallas He is very funny and the passages he read were hilarious This book is NOT ABOUT A TERRORIST Far from it It dispells the myths and propaganda It is about a Muslim growing up in London and being comfortable in both worlds It is about reaching out and understanding that we all have the same desires and dreams in life, no matter who we are.

  6. Puty Puar says:

    Entertaining memoir from an interesting point of view Moslem boy meets the West It s really honest that it s funny , talking about a lot of things, from ridiculous students problem like body odour, to discrimination and inter religion debate I really like the way Imran pointing out quite a lot of stuff about Islam in a very rational universal way, to the level I m recommending it to both non Moslem Moslem Also recommending it to Moslem parents who are raising kids in Western culture because it will give you even the slightest idea what kind of struggle your kids are facing.Enjoyable

  7. Ali says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir It s written in a very readable and deciptively simple style In his own quiet, subtle way Imran Ahmad has addressed some big themes The writing though is engaging, and honest, remarkably so, and Imran emerges as a decent young man, with all the bad habits, concerns and confusions of the young Many of his trial and tribulations along the way are hilarious, and touching, and any of us who have had an unrequited love, or tried to bargin with God, will be able to sympathise with him.

  8. Sooraya Evans says:

    Bought my copy after meeting the author during the World Halal Forum Kuala Lumpur back in 2012 An overall charming and interesting read But I didn t quite get the ending and epilogue.

  9. Johara says:

    I don t usually do biographies, but this was by far the most enjoyable, light reading books I picked up from the biography section.

  10. TC says:

    This book proves that apparently it is possible to lead an undistinguished, unremarkable life, and yet be given the opportunity to publish your memoirs not only in your home country, but to have a special American Translation published to help break you to a whole new market This edition is clearly meant for the US, with helpful footnotes explaining some intricacies of UK schooling, and also replaces Britishisms for their American equivalents, like subway and cell phone I guess his publisher figured none of his readers would be fans of PBS As best as I can tell, Imran Ahmed lived a somewhat privileged life, enjoying the free grammar school and free college education that one once used to receive in the UK, all while dreaming of owning a Jaguar, imagining himself as better than he is, and wondering how to talk to girls.What s supposed to make it somewhat unique, I guess, is that he was an immigrant from Pakistan He does occasionally deal with the ignorant racism of his neighbors and classmates But it s not as if his house was firebombed, or he was beaten to near death, or he was denied numerous opportunities because of his race His subtle outsider status could easily be echoed by any nebbish schoolboy who got picked on.He spends a lot of time wondering about his faith as a Muslim, mostly because he seems to constantly attract American style Evangelicals who scare him with a lot of talk of imminent eschatology It challenges him to examine his own faith, and, unsurprisingly, he eventually comes to accept it as the one that s right for him.He does this not at a remarkable age, either, but around the same time most of us do as a young adult For the book takes us painstakingly through each year of his schooling, from grade school through post graduate, with a few chapters thrown in about his first job, which was as a young management trainee for Unilever, one of the largest companies in the world I feel his pain.In short, he seems to have had a better life than I ve had So I struggle to understand what I m supposed to learn from this.This book is not without its charms He captures well the kind of self absorbed bubble that a young person particularly a young male goes through as he imagines himself the next James Bond It s funny to read, because, we ve all been there So from that standpoint, it s an enjoyable light tomb of self effacing, very relatable humor.And I might have been OK with that except that at the very end, it s clear that he expects me to believe these experiences somehow give him something important to say, and so we re treated to a rushed account of how he s all different now after twenty years of adulthood jetting around the world working for international corporations , with deep insights he must share The pi ce de r sistance is when he crows about how great it is to travel across the US as a guest speaker of the Unitarians, lecturing on Muslim Christian relations Great work if you can get it.Given that he seems to think his life gives him some moral platform in rarefied air on which to make such lofty observations, I can t help but feel irritated by the whole book If he d left it as a fun little read of humorous anecdotes about growing up, dealing with bullies, being overwhelmed by the opposite gender, falling in love with cars, slacking off in class then being perplexed at his lack of academic success, and struggling with his faith, it might have been a book we could call charming But the last chapter and epilogue makes it seem like it was one long info mercial for his new career in colloquium.