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Austin Coblentz 1Austin CoblentzWorld ReligionsFebruary 28, 2019Children of Dust: Book ReviewChildren of Dustis Eteraz story of his life and growth physically, mentally and spirituallyas he goes from Pakistan to the United States and everything in between. The book is separated into 5 different unique parts of his life and the changes that took place. The first book is called “The Promised – Abir Ul Islam,” is centered around his parents hopes for him and how they affected him. The second section is “The American – Amir,” follows him and his family as they move from place to place before finally settling in Alabama. The third section is “The Fundamentalist – Abu Bakr Ramaq,” which is focused around him going to college and the changes that were spurred. The fourth section of the book is about “The Postmodern – Amir ul Islam,” where he openly accepts his failures and sets out to find a new perspective. The last section is “The Reformer – Ali Eteraz,” and when he focuses and changes and reaches out to try and help. Ali Eteraz goes through a lot in his life and he has a unique perspective that I had not heard before. Eteraz chronicles his life from child till the moment that his life has come back fullcircle when he visits his mother at the end. “The Promised – Abir ul Islam” focus on the things that his parents did for him as well astheir hopes and dreams for him and the effect that they had on him. Before he was born his fatherhad made a Covenant with God, called a mannat, in which his father said something along the lines of “Allah! If you should give me a son, I promise he will be a great leader and servant of Islam.” His mother took him to Mecca and rubbed his chest against the wall, in hopes that Allah
Austin Coblentz 2would bless him to be resolved in his belief. He describes his life as a young boy and into young manhood living in Pakistan with Ammi and Pops, his mother and father. All the love within his Muslim family within a Muslim country, surrounded by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He weaves teachings from the Koran and the folk tales of Islam into his everyday life. These effected his reality, imagination and affected him spiritually as well as he grew up. He had a rough madrassa education. “It's a seminary. It's where students of different ages, as young as nine or ten, go to learn religious education and to be schooled first in reading and then in religious studies. In the old times, it substituted for regular elementary education and higher education, and ultimately produces quote, unquote, clerics. In other words, scholars, preachers, you know, religious community leaders who conduct the religious affairs of a community”[ CITATION Val \l 1033 ]. From how his parents were hoping that he would be a great figure based off the mannat and the trip to Mecca, his parents had very high religiously oriented hopes for him[ CITATION Ali09 \l 1033 ].

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