Review – How to fight Islamic terror from the missionary position by Tabish Kahir

How to fight Islamic terror from the missionary position by Tabish Kahir

This book starts with a young man attempting failing to produce a sperm donation in an “ambitious plastic container” parked outside a fertility clinic under the watchful eye of a danish police car.  This hints at the breakdown of his marriage.  The unnamed narrator, a young man from Karachi, a lapsed Muslim with his best friend Ravi a flamboyant Hindu from India whilst flat hunting, rent two rooms from their taxi driver Karim, a middle aged fundamentalist Muslim.

The book follows the events in these three lives hinting that a newsworthy event that is going  to happen.  The narrator and Ravi go on double dates whilst Karim works long shifts in his taxi to cover some unnamed expense.  Karim holds weekly Quran reading groups in his home and frequently disappears for days and then returns looking tired and drawn and the other two become suspicious.  Meanwhile Ravi falls in love with the poised Lena but it is not destined to last.

When I was in the library I saw this book and was immediately struck by the title, i thought it would be something that ran the risk of getting the author targeted by Al-Qaeda but no.  In fact it has the effect of challenging our prejudices.    It is all about the characters, Ravi seems larger than life, from a wealthy family in India he is both writing up his post-grad dissertation and novel but only sporadically.  Before Lena he has frequent meetings with his “plain women”, most of the usage of overly large words and obscure facts come from Ravi which makes it acceptable as it is the character showing off.    Karim appears to be the least developed of the characters but his
quiet secretive nature allows this.

The narrator’s character seems to have autobiographical moments, after all the author is also an Indian man working as a professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.  His motivation seems a little unclear at times though.

I enjoyed this book, but felt the ending was anticlimactic, but that may well be the point.

Pages:190

Genres: Literary fiction

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