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Balti Britain By Ziauddin Sardar

Balti Britain by Ziauddin Sardar

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A memoir of Sardar who travels to the main Asian communities in the UK, to Leicester and Birmingham, Glasgow and Bradford, Tower Hamlets and Oldham. It tells the history of Asians in Britain - from the arrival of the first Indian in Britain in 1614, through the entagled days of colonialism, to the young extremists in Walthamstow mosque in 2006.

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Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience by Ziauddin Sardar

Sardar travels to the main Asian communities in the UK, to Leicester and Birmingham, Glasgow and Bradford, Tower Hamlets and Oldham, to tell the history of Asians in Britain - from the arrival of the first Indian in Britain in 1614, through the entagled days of colonialism, to the young extremists in Walthamstow mosque in 2006. He interweaves throughout an illuminating account of his own life, describing his carefree childhood in Pakistan, his family's emigration to racist 1950s Britain, and his adulthood straddling two cultures. Along the way he questions: are arranged marriages a good thing? Does the term 'Asian' obscure more than it conveys? Do Vindaloo and Balti actually exist? How far does 'the disease that is in us is of us and within us' describe Islamic terrorism? And is multiculturalism an impossible dream?Funny, surprising, touching and controversial, "Balti Britain" is a fascinating blend of history, reportage and memoir, which will make all Britons, Asian or otherwise, see their country through fresh eyes.

Balti Britain Reviews

"* 'It bounds forth with extraordinary energy and lightness, propelled at all stages by a passion for knowledge and inquiry' Kamila Shamsie on Desperately Seeking Paradise * 'A wonderful book--part history, part autobiography, immensely rich in acute observation of multicultural Britain. A vivid and thoughtful study of what it means to be British today.' John Gray"

About Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar was born in Pakistan in 1951 and grew up in East London. He has worked as Muslim and Middle East correspondent for Nature, New Scientist and the Independent and has made programmes for Channel 4, LWT and the BBC. He has published over 40 books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise, and contributes to The Observer, New Statesman, Independent, Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. He is Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies at City University, London.

Additional information

GOR002249775
9781862079311
1862079315
Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience by Ziauddin Sardar
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Granta Books
2008-09-01
416
N/A
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