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Asghar Ali Engineer’s Autobiography

Book: A Living Faith: My Quest for Peace, Harmony and Social Change

Price: INR. 525

ISBN: 978-81-250-4197-9

Pages: 360 HB

Year: 2011
 
Publishers: Orient Blackswan Pvt Ltd, 1/24 Asaf Ali Rod, New Delhi:-110 002.

Contents: Foreword by Mushirul Hasan; PART I My Life, My Struggle. 1. My Growing-up Years. 2. Understanding the Divide: Within and Outside. 3. Towards the Truth: My Struggle Begins...4. The Bohra Reform Movement. 5. The Communal Challenge continues: Amidst Politics, Power and the People; PART II Beyond Boundaries: My Travels Abroad. 6. The United Kingdom 7. The Indian Sub-Continent. 8. Africa. 9. Asia. 10. The Americas 11. Middle-East and Central Asia. 12. Europe. 13. Australia

PART III The Journey So Far...Looking Back, Looking Ahead

For most of the seventy-one years of his life, Asghar Ali Engineer has been a tireless soldier to the cause of national integration and communal harmony. Well-known today as a reformist, an activist and Islamic scholar, Asghar Ali Engineer received the Right Livelihood, or the ‘Alternative Nobel’, award in 2004 “...for promoting over many years in South Asia the values of religious and communal co- existence, tolerance and mutual understanding.”

Written with the simplicity that perhaps describes the man himself, is an extensive autobiographical account of Asghar Ali Engineer’s commitment to building an inclusive society and his inter-pretation of Islam as a modernist. It chronicles the personal, social and political events that shaped his life and views, his struggle against the orthodox Bohra priesthood and his rise as a leader of social and religious reform. It also documents his interactions with religious and political leaders of various hues across the world in the attempt to create a society that embraces all faiths.

Through the reminiscences of a life that has been lived for truth, depicts a journey-from violence to peace, from prejudice to acceptance, from politics of power and religion to the power of humanity-one that continues unheeded, against all odds.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2011 on page no. 27

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