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From MTV to Mecca [Kindle Edition]

Kristiane Backer
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In the early 1990s Kristiane Backer was one of the very first presenters on MTV (Europe). For some years she lived and breathed the international music scene quickly gaining a cult following amongst viewers and becoming a darling of the European press. As she reached the pinnacle of her success she realised that, despite having all she could have wished for, she was never truly satisfied. Something very important was missing. A fateful meeting with Pakistani cricket hero Imran Khan changed her life. He invited her to his country where she encountered a completely different world to the one she knew, the religion and culture of Islam. In place of pop and rock stars she was meeting men and women whose lives where dominated by the love of God, men and women who cared very little for the brief glories of this world. She began to read the Quran and to study books about the Faith. A few years later (in 1995), after travelling more widely in the Islamic world and knowing that she had discovered her spiritual path, she embraced Islam in a London mosque. And then her real adventures began. In this private memoir Kristiane Backer tells the story of her conversion and explains how faith, despite the many challenges she faced as she turned her life upside down, at last gave her inner peace and the meaning she had sought.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I found Kristiane's spiritual journey fascinating - and particularly so considering current events. I have long believed that a true muslim is far removed from the fundamentalists we see on the news headlines and this wonderful exploration of what it means to embrace the Islamic faith completely endorses that belief. The book is full of insights into the music industry coupled with insights into the complexities of faith - a rollercoaster that tries to answer as many questions as it asks. On one level it is a romp through a who's who of celebrities in the 80s and 90s, on another it is a stimulating and thought provoking read.

I suspect there is a little of Kristiane in all of us. A need to find something that makes sense of the world and gives meaning to our lives. She was brave enough to search for and find it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muslim Converts Experience 24 Aug. 2013
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I had seen this book on the shelves, but my prejudice about the music industry stopped me buying it. However I downloaded it to my I phone and read it on holiday in Morocco. To my surprise I could not put it down. It seemed to mirror my own experiences as a convert to the faith. I shed tears when reading if the death of Gui Eaton because I met him briefly and know his was a deep faith not the superficial faith so prevalent today. Ms Backer's attitude to life and faith is refreshing. She has been bullied and bruised by the shallow hard liners if the faith, but is coming through as a strong woman of faith who is accepting Islam on her terms, and it is hypocrisy to do otherwise. This is a window into the Faith of European Islam from the converts perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into Islam 7 Sept. 2013
By Pam
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I found this book very interesting and gave me more information on the Muslin way of life. Kristiane has had an interesting evolvement into Islam and is a truly inspirational lady. I read this on holiday and although some of the detail went over my head I was always keen to find out more about her life and that of those following the Muslim faith. Well worth readin!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 30 Oct. 2013
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I found this book extremely interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. It was great to get a European woman's perspective on Islam and how she can live her Western life according to the Qur'an and her beliefs. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 3 July 2013
By mako
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I would highly recommend this book if one wishes to understand more about Islam, Muslims and their culture. It was also interesting reading about Kristane's experience of having to deal with the change from one religion to another and people's reactions to this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 24 Jun. 2013
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A beautiful journey by Kristiane backer into the depths of Islam. This is a highly recommended read for Muslims and non Muslims into the understanding of this beautiful religion.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shared journey 22 Aug. 2012
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I read this book with interest as someone who remembered seeing the author on MTV when I was a teenager. The transformation from an MTV presenter to a practising Muslim woman sounds acute, but the book shows a natural progression over the years along a journey which has led to a series of interesting twists and turns through a host of well known people. But it is not the celebrity aspect which makes the book interesting, it is the spiritual journey which clearly continues to be taken by so many western educated, female professionals. The book sheds light on what draws women to a faith which continues to get consistently bad press. The book seperates facts about Islam from fiction and it offers a profound insight into its spiritual attraction.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish more people would read this 29 May 2013
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As a non-Muslim who many years ago had a Muslim boyfriend, this book was a perfect read for me. She writes very clearly about what attracted her to Islam and especially, about her research into the aspects which are a 'turn-off' for so many who just read popular media judgements of Islam. If those who criticize were to read this first, they would learn much that they cannot learn in the popular press. And if all converts read this first, or carried out the same in-depth research as the author, there would be fewer concerns about extremist converts. Such an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Good read.
Published 13 days ago by MrTellyBelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Inspiring
I have never revewied a book I have purchased for my kindle before however I wanted to give the author the credit and praise it is due. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Abdul Kalam
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Still reading. Seems interesting
Published 1 month ago by Dr
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a bit misleading , not what I expected
Published 5 months ago by zaki
2.0 out of 5 stars good
Interesting reading understand it all a bit more now, a pity it's not understood by more people, maybe advertise it better
Published 8 months ago by understand
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I had bought this book a while ago, but read it recently. I wish I had read it sooner. Kristiana is very open with her spiritual journey and takes the reader with her in her... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ibn SIna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book - a must read
From MTV to Mecca is a well written book by Kristiane. I found her spiritual journey fascinating and enlightening. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Naveed Mohyuddin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but a bit long in places.
not just an autobiography, but a beautiful glimpse of the sufism aspect of islam, which to myself represents the highest interpretation of the path and which remains the highest... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous read!
I was interested in this book for some time but never actually ordered it. Then I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Backer at a conference and decided to get her book while I was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by booboolina
4.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of the challenges facing modern Muslims
A very personal and frank description of a search for spirituality and meaning. A warts and all description of the cultural and personal conflicts today's Muslims navigate as they... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mawddach
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