The Road to Mecca
Part travelogue, part autobiography, "The Road to
Mecca" is the compelling story of a Western journalist and adventurer
who converted to Islam in the early twentieth century. A spiritual and
literary counterpart of Wilfred Thesiger and a contemporary of T. E.
Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Muhammad Asad journeyed around the Middle
East, Afghanistan and India. This is an account of Asad's adventures in
Arabia, his inner awakening, and his relationships with nomads and
royalty alike, set in the wake of the First World War. It can be read on
many levels: as a eulogy to a lost world, and as the poignant account
of a man's search for meaning. It is also a love story, defying
convention and steeped in loss. With its evocative descriptions and
profound insights on the Islamic world, "The Road to Mecca" is a work of
immense value today.