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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sort Of Books; New Ed edition (30 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953522776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953522774
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genius is no stranger to the work of Kathleen Jamie, whose finely poised writing and subtly profound sensibility have made her such an artisan of the human heart. (Scotsman)

What is ultimately most impressive is the energy, good humour and panache with which Jamie's language rises to the variety of its occasions. (Patrick Crotty Times Literary Supplement)

A beautifully crafted account... the power of Jamie's prose is spare but magical. She writes tenderly but without sentimentality. Should be required reading. (Daily Telegraph)

A wonderfully sensual study of the land and its people which feels more timeless than topical (Observer)

Kathleen Jamie's prose writing is utterly luminous, as you'd expect from her poetry, but Among Muslims (Sort of Books) is much more than a well-written travel book, and its insights are even more urgent in the light of the dangerous and criminal crudity of President Bush's approach to the region (Independent on Sunday Book of the Year Choice 2002)

This eloquent tale with its plea for understanding and tolerance couldn't have been better timed. (Sunday Times)

It is her beautiful prose, drawn from a rural Scottish palate, that really illuminates the book - a wonderfully sensual study of the land and its people which feels more topical than timeless. (Observer)

A better emissary to the Karakoram could not be imagined. She displays a deep warmth unemcumbered by illusion. (Scotland on Sunday)

Illuminated throughout with a vision that sees beneath surfaces. To share a journey such as this is an enriching experience. (Norman Lewis)

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Kathleen Jamie studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. She won an Eric Gregory Award at nineteen and has published four volumes of poetry.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
Most of Among Muslims was first published nearly 10 years ago as an account of Jamie's time travelling in the northern areas of Pakistan. Following the events of Septemeber 11 she has revisted some of the places and people from her first travels.
The book opens with the story of some Pakistani men visiting the small Fife town where she lives on a peace walk. I found the description of the men and their mission extremely moving. In all of the book the writing is wonderful, as you would expect from a poet - Jamie does not overload with detail yet conjures up the sights and sounds (and feelings, smells, bumpiness etc) with ease. But this is not simply a travelogue. As the last section in particular illustrates, it poses questions about the nature of freedom (and in particular, the freedom of women), society, tourism and its impact and the future development of such regions. The contrast of the treatment that Jamie (mostly) received in Pakistan compared with the reaction of her small town to the peace march is also startling.
In all a wonderfull read which manages to pose the reader some big questions without detracting from the lightless and delf touch of the descriptions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Kolodziej on 21 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
This reminds me of the travel books my parents used to read when I was very young. KJ travelled to really out-of-the-way regions of Pakistan and lived among the people. While seeing things from the viewpoint of a modern and educated western woman, she tries to understand them from the physical, economic and cultural situation of the people themselves. Her poetic language creates strange and beautiful pictures of life and the odd touch of humour too. The strong bonds of friendship she forms with several of the people she meets shows us that there need not be barriers between us, no matter the differences in culture and climate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IMG on 7 April 2013
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I'm not sure how I managed to miss Kathleen Jamie, I only discovered her last year. Since then I have read everything she has in print. I cannot praise her highly enough, her prose is lyrical, mesmerising and touches you at a very deep level. This particular story is so important as a rebuke to the easy racism and stigmatisation of both Muslim and Scottish people that it should be made widely available in schools, colleges, and anywhere people feel fit to pontificate on matters they know little about. She is a truly great writer - one whose words linger long after the book is back on the shelf (or in my case has been lent to other people to read).
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Aug 2003
Format: Paperback
The bok starts with several Afghani men sitting in the local high street. What do they want? Why are they here? Are they ... terrorists? No one wants to talk to them, but Kathleen Jamie. She invites them around for tea. They say they are on a peace march to promote inter cultural understanding, which they started in the summer of 2001. Now they feel the hostility arising from post 11th september Britain.
Kathleen knows she has to be a good host and offer everything she can to make them comfortable. After all, she remembers her travels in Pakistan, where taking care of your guest is paramount. She recalls her encounters there, with every day lives passing by. She does not attempt to romanticise their difficult lives with all the hardships of rural agricultural society, but she remains sympathetic and open.
The book can become a little verbose, with Jamie blathering on about the local landscape, but many of the stories here are touching and very human. She makes a real effort to treat the people of that other land as human beings, no more and no less. It is delightful how she visits the same family several times over a decade, to see how their lives have changed. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Feb 2014
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Humane and fascinating, this a many layered book. It provokes laughter, respect and tears. Properly charitable and critical, we are invited, among many events and encounters, to ponder on hospitality, its nature and how it maybe practised and perceived. Excellent.
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