Minarets in the Mountains (Huddersfield)
Saturday 27 August, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Huddersfield Library (upstairs event space), Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
Ticket price: Free (booking recommended)
Age guidance: All ages (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)
If you’ve ever wondered about some of those off-the-beaten-track and little-known travel gems – this event is for you!
Kirklees Libraries Writer In Residence, Christina Longden will be talking to bestselling author Tharik Hussain as part of Kirklees Libraries South Asian Heritage Month activities. Minarets in the Mountains is the first English travel book to explore indigenous Muslim Europe, and the first to look at its living 600-year-old culture and heritage through the eyes of a Muslim writer.
Tharik Hussain is an author, travel writer and journalist specialising in Muslim heritage and culture. His debut bestselling book Minarets in the Mountains was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and shortlisted for the Stanfords Dolman Travel Book of the Year. It was also named a Book of the Year by the New Statesman, Prospect Magazine and the Times Literary Supplement, and a Travel Book of the Year by The Washington Post and Newsweek. He has also written Lonely Planet guidebooks on Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Thailand, London and Britain, and developed Britain’s very first Muslim heritage trails in Woking, Surrey.
Tharik has produced award-winning radio for the BBC World Service on America’s earliest mosques and been published by the likes of the BBC, National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and The Sunday Telegraph. He is also a fellow at the Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen.