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Surname1NameProfessorCourseDateChildren of the Dust written by Ali EterazIntroductionChildren of Dust is a book that portrayed a life that most people cannot imagine. It entailsthe story of a man from his schooling in madrassas in Pakistan to the time when he was a teenager as a Muslim American and when he was back to Pakistan to find a Muslim wife. It starts in rural Islam at levels considered lowest in the Pakistan society in the eighties. An intimate portrayal of the village life is portrayed in the eyes of the boy as he slowly discovers friendship, women, and magic. After moving to America, Eteraz, the boy, struggles to live as a normal American teenager under strict Muslim household rules. In the year 1999, he returns to Pakistan where he finds his youth village dominated by Taliban ideologies and his family under threat. He is suspected to be a CIA agent and becomes a target of an abduction plot prompting him to flee under military escort. He returns to America and tries to find a way of settling as an American Muslim. Children of Dust is an adventure that reveals the diversity of Islamic beliefs and the Pakistan diaspora vastness. Based on the review of Ali Eteraz’s book Children of Dust, this paper will be considering the contemporary expressions of the book’s faiths and help reflect
Surname2on their relevance to our societal experience. This will include how these teachings, principles and practices can be introduced and implemented in our lives, experience, and American culture.Journey as a common motif in spiritual writingsThe book children of dust depict an interesting journey from Etiraz’s blind faith to a moderate conservatism in Islam. Several dynamics have been used to illustrate the transitions of Etiraz’s journey. We can see changes in his name as he grows. Each of these names defined Etiraz as a different person based on Islam, his family and the world describing what goes on in his life. He was originally named Abir ul Islam when he was born meaning “Perfume of Islam.” During his early years, he embraces his youth and enjoys his life with his parents in Pakistan. We

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