Confronting religion in ‘The Good Muslim’


Book title: The Good Muslim
Author: Tahmima Anam
Publisher: Penguin Books (2011)
Pages: 304

Among the myriad books that deal with Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971, Tahmima Anam’s ‘The Good Muslim’ is the latest to join the league that questions the legacy of events during and after the war.

Any country that has battled for independence is aware of the severe consequences. In ‘A Golden Age’, Anam’s debut novel of 2007 and part of a planned trilogy, she had chronicled the story of Rehana Haque, a widowed mother who is estranged from her children, Maya and Sohail and her subsequent attempt to reunite the family like old times. However, the country’s political turmoil proves stronger than her challenges as a mother and the presentiments of her children participating in the freedom struggle, unfortunately comes true.

Originally published in The Times of India

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