The Faithful Scribe by Shahan Mufti
The One Book, One Richmond committee received and considered over 50 nominations for the 2017-2018 book selection. After gathering feedback from a variety of stakeholders, hosting an open feedback session for the campus community in March, and careful reading and discussion by the committee, the One Book, One Richmond committee is delighted to announce that next year's book selection will be "The Faithful Scribe” by Shahan Mufti, assistant professor of journalism. The selection of this book is an exciting opportunity to recognize high-quality scholarly and creative work of one of our own faculty members.
Published in 2013, “The Faithful Scribe” is deeply relevant to the world and our campus today. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors to reveal the roots — real and imagined — of Islamic civilization in Pakistan. More than a personal history, the book captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all. Themes of faith, nationalism, family, and war are woven throughout the text.