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Ajad Aktar is the author of AMERICKI DERVIS ( avg rating, 3 ratings, 0 reviews). American Dervish has ratings and reviews. Elyse said: Audiobook. read by the author: Ayad Akhtar was a natural as narrator. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. 2 likes. Book. Americki Dervis Ajad Aktar. Book. 2 people like this topic. Want to like this Page? Sign up for Facebook to get started.

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The future of Islam and Muslims, like any faith community, depends upon our youth.

Want to like this Page? Hayat can’t agree, can’t understand the hold Dervvis thought has always had on her. It’s a story about a Muslim-American family during the 80’s and particularly the young boy, Hayat.

Meanwhile, none of the individual characters are perceptive enough to understand each other very well, so readers feel superior to the entire bunch. View all 4 comments. What a wasted opportunity for a deeper discussion. Your list has reached the maximum number of items. Interesting, compelling books add to the story of stories. When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. I learned a lot about characters and how to utilize narrators and such from reading “American Dervish.

Write a review Rate this item: It is a americii on growing up Muslim in a particular kind of Muslim community in the US, traversing the fissures of an immigrant’s home life in the Midwest with school and all else outside the home. I saw them as archetypes and I suppose that those profiles exist for a reason but those characters, and therefore their interplay into the novel didn’t ring quite as true for me.

It’s sad because I was really excited when I first heard of American Dervish. Grinds us to dust. Quotes from American Dervish. We call ourselves Muslim-friendly. It’s like a book featuring Black people which serves you the same tired stereotypes. You don’t have to live close to visit us It was a picture of power and grace, and it filled me with quiet wonder.


His religious awakening, too, is carefully handled – he derfis great enlightenment, but is also exposed at an impressionable americmi to extremist views which threaten to warp his mindset and damage those he cares for.

Unfortunately, Mina does not engage with Hayat about any of the violent or oppressive passages of the Koran.

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View all 3 comments. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America.

Those of us lucky enough never to have felt the dread of that eternal punishment are given the tourist’s view of it here through Hayat’s experience. Subjects Maericki families — Fiction. But when her husband divorced her, he threatened to take custody of their son when the boy turned seven.

Return to Book Page. What should be complex issues clash of Islam and the West, sexual awakening, family turmoil, oppression of women and complex characters end up feeling flat and one-dimensional. All at once, I felt a swell of gratitude. Shortly before Mina’s death, Hayat visits her in the hospital — where he finds her delighting in the Scott Fitzgerald quotation she’d found in his published letters — and confesses how he ruined her life.

Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act — with devastating consequences for all those he loves most. Mar 18, Ksab rated it amedicki liked it. Learn more on Facebook.

Hayat’s Mother is a Muslim in name and appearance but not in real practice and Hayat’s father is essentially an atheist. Hayat was untroubled by religious anxiety before Mina’s arrival, since both of his parents had, to different degrees, shrugged off their religion. What the Lord looked like Muhammad would never say, other than that His beauty was so great he would have preferred to stand there gazing at Him forever.


Ajad Aktar (Author of AMERICKI DERVIS)

His father is flawed as are his mother and those around him and then there’s the feelings of love he has for Mina that are both natural and seem to straddle the line of romantic interest. She contantly reminds Hayat that forms of worship aren’t important to God, what’s important are the intentions of his heart.

Or if I drop the cynicism, it could be that for those readers who are new to the life of immigrants, coming of age tales and the range and contradictions of religious belief, American Dervish is a decent, if simplified, introduction.

Some parts describing Muslim men read like caricatures devised by anti-semitic writers in pre-war Germany to fuel misconceptions of Jewish men. Mina, the best friend of Hayat’s mother, whom the boy calls derbis aunt.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. What the dervish found was true humility. Ayad Akhtar was a natural as narrator. But he chose the former, in short, he wrote something entertaining. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.