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American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His amerricki life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over thing American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the americcki of religion and modern life.

His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes. Mina is Hayat’s mother’s oldest friend from Pakistan.

She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah’s doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat’s skeptical father can’t deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family’s Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing americli before. Xervis the Quran by Mina’s side amerifki basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal.

Amwricki growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act — with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

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Dec 20, Elyse Walters rated it really liked it. Ayad Akhtar was a natural as narrator for his own novel. I was quickly drawn into this story when at the beginning Hayat Shah, the son of Pakistani Muslim parents living on the outskirts of Milwaukee, orders a beef hot dog at a baseball game.

He experiences an euphoric high: I knew just how he felt. I had never eaten a cheeseburger in my Audiobook I had never eaten a cheeseburger in my life until college. Nor did we eat shellfish. Later as an adult when I did eat shellfish — turned out I was allergic. Back to this story: He was a slow-developing young adult-sexually experienced-guy. I found his new college romance charming. This story is never stagnant. There are many complex issues to ponder. Hayat begins sharing about his childhood with his girlfriend.

Flashback to Hayat at age There is so much chaos in their household. So much religious confusion. His mother does — but is chronically angry at her philandering husband with white woman.


Aunt Mina – is very religious and teaches Hayat the value of Islam. She teaches him to pray and to memorize the Quran. By the time he got to college Having it memorized came in handy for a college course he was taking. Lots of flaw characters I thought this was a very engaging book View all 16 comments. Crnogorsko izdanje, dobar srpski prevodilac. Jan 13, Isabel O. After reading some rave reviews, I was looking forward to getting my hands on this debut novel.

But no big loss if it gets washed away or forgotten in a seat back. The characters are not human people but plot devices. The treatment of Islam is superficial and predictable: The tone is didactic and moralistic. There is something inauthentic and promotional feeling about the book. Basically, it feels like a paint-by-numbers book written in order to be controversial and made into a movie, which I reckon is quite likely.

This is a fast food novel. Tastes alright, goes down quickly, but promises indigestion, and has little substantive value.

Sep 01, Sarwat rated it it was amazing. The author beautifully and painstakingly narrates the impressions of a child as he struggles to understand the complexity of Islam and thus his own identity, through the controversial messages from many well meaning people in his life.

It points to the biases bred through cultural and historical American Dervish: It points to the biases bred through cultural and historical lenses, which have the potential to traumatize the minds of our next generations of Muslims in America.

These biases can and inherently do shape the very existence of the young minds, unbeknownst to the people who love them the most, their parents and families, who are so caught up in ‘their own world’ and its challenges.

While the message of Islam is universal, the Muslims are not monolithic. Cultural influences and customary interpretations from around the world impact the way the religion of Islam is taught and practiced. Personally, the message of Quran which resonates with me is: The future of Islam and Muslims, like any faith community, depends upon our youth.


With the ever increasing negative stereotyping of Muslims and Islam by parts of the media, clergy and politicians, it is our responsibility to the next generations to bring in an era of Islam, which stands for social justice, equality of all beings and peace. Feb 09, Murabitha rated it did not like it.

This is definitely a fast read. It’s not the kind of book you want to linger over or revisit with any eagerness. Interesting, compelling books add to the story of stories. Offer us something new. And, while it is true that every story tells us a tale we’ve already heard in one form or another, the good ones do it in a way which surprises the reader.

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This book, American Dervish, rehashes the old in a connect-the-dots, pred This is definitely a fast read. This book, American Dervish, rehashes the old in a connect-the-dots, predictable way. I mean, what popular culture American narrative of Muslimness has not included: It’s sad because I was really excited when I first heard of American Dervish.

An American Muslim growing up in the Midwest at such a pivotal moment in history? I was practically salivating at the depth and nuances such a narrative could open up in the literary world. Reading it, I was reminded of a quote from a brilliant writer friend of mine: No one seems to want to hear that other American Muslim experience, the one that doesn’t jibe with the narrative that has already been told. The narrative that has been stamped with approval is the one that is bleak, depressing and troubling.

So to make it big, a book has to repeat this message. That is exactly what this book regurgitates – Muslims are troubling people. And, disturbingly, the book world applauds. It’s like a book featuring Black people which serves you the same tired stereotypes.

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Or, a Jewish family drama with that mama, the guilty son etc amerjcki. With this schtick though, there’s more at stake than just awful stereotypes. This book is full of assumptions about Muslim men and their violent “tendencies”. Some parts describing Muslim men read like caricatures devised by anti-semitic writers in pre-war Germany to fuel misconceptions of Jewish men.

I like what one goodreads reviewer said about how it would be interesting if this book gets much more publicity as it would signify just how much of a platform has been funded for it.