Shahan Mufti on His 1,400-Year Family History

Monday, November 04, 2013

Journalist Shahan Mufti tells his family’s history, which he can trace back 1,400 years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad. He offers a history of Pakistan by using the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries. The Faithful Scribe is more than a personal history—it reveals the deepest roots of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.


Shahan Mufti

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khadija Boyd from Brooklyn

very sad, indeed, Sir! Pakistan, Vietnam, etc.... Hey, Mr. Lopate, wrap it up already! 'nough shill re-pseudo book.

Nov. 04 2013 12:58 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

India's Jewish General who helped liberate Bengladesh

"Jacob-Farj-Rafael "JFR" Jacob (born 1923) is a retired Indian Army Lieutenant General. He is best known for the role he played in India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 and the Liberation of Bangladesh. Jacob, then a Major General, served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army's Eastern Command during the war. During his 36 year career in the army, he also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. He later served as the Governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab."

Jacob was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, British India, in 1923. His family were Baghdadi Jews originally from Iraq who settled in Kolkata in the middle of the 18th century. They were "a deeply religious Jewish family."[1] Jacob's father, Elias Emanuel, was an affluent businessman. After his father became sick, Jacob was sent at the age of nine to Victoria School, a boarding school in Kurseong near Darjeeling. From then on, he went home only on school holidays.

Jacob, motivated by reports of the Holocaust of European Jews during World War II, enlisted in the British Indian Army in 1942. His father objected to his enlisting. He said in 2012, "I am proud to be a Jew, but am Indian through and through."[1]"

Nov. 04 2013 12:53 PM
khadija Boyd from brooklyn

As a born Muslim, in my home country (NOT Pakistan), I feel that the greatest evil perpetrated to destroy Islam are the people who commit crimes in the name of religion. Tell me about Pakistan! whatever...

"blazing the trail" was Ibn Battouta, sir! One of my ancestors! ko

Nov. 04 2013 12:46 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

A "fatwa" in Sharia is like a "posek" in Halacha. Sharia did a lot of borrowing from Halacha.

Nov. 04 2013 12:45 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The world is still reverberating from the effects of the Arab Muslim conquests, from the borders of Spain to the India and the borders of China. Isn't it amazing how easily vast Hindu India and tiny Jewish Israel became vibrant democracies, but 56 Muslim countries are still struggling to get it right? Or to get it at all?

Was his family of the Quraysh, Muhammad's tribe? They were trying to kill him, but he fled to Yathrib, a heavily Jewish town, that came to be called Medina. No Jews live there anymore.

Nov. 04 2013 12:41 PM

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