Tharik is an author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in Muslim heritage and culture.
His forthcoming book, Minarets in the Mountains; A Journey into Muslim Europe (Bradt; June 2021), will be the first English travel narrative by a Muslim writer exploring the indigenous Muslim heritage of Europe.
Tharik is also the author of several titles for Lonely Planet, including: Oman, UAE, and Arabian Peninsula (shortlisted for the 2020 Travel Media Awards) and Thailand, and has written about encountering the indigenous Muslims of Romania in The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human; Travels from Many Muslim Worlds. His work has been published across the globe and in July 2019, he created Britain's first Muslim heritage trails, in Surrey, England. In 2017 Tharik was named one of the UK's most inspiring British Bangladeshis and in 2016, his BBC World Service radio documentary, America's Mosques; a story of integration, won Best Religious Program at the New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs Awards.
Tharik is a Fellow of the Centre of Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen and has an MA in Islamic Studies. He possesses two decades of experience in media and education, and is a leading consultant on global Muslim culture and travel whose expertise have been sought by institutes and organisations in travel, arts, commerce, local authority, education, public relations and heritage.
Tharik resides in London and can be contacted for freelance commissions and consultancy.
FINALIST: TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS 2020
Best Guide Book, Online and App
Tharik's Lonely Planet guide to Saudi Arabia is a finalist in the category of Best Guide Book, Online and App at the Travel Media Awards 2020. Winners will be announced on 25th January 2021
HIGHLY COMMENDED: INTERNATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS 2019
Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project
Britain's Muslim Heritage Trails, developed by Tharik, were Highly Commended finalists at the British Guild of Travel Writers' International Tourism Awards 2019.
FINALIST: THE HAJJ AWARDS 2019
Best Media in Hajj & Umrah Award
Tharik's Hajj Guide in the Lonely Planet guide to Saudi Arabia was a finalist in the category of Best Media in Hajj & Umrah Award at the The Hajj Awards 2019.
LISTED: BRITISH BANGLADESHI POWER AND INSPIRATION 2017
British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration 100
Tharik was named as one of Britain's most inspiring people of Bangladeshi origin for his work in the media and travel sectors by the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration 100 2017.
FINALIST: THE AIBs 2016
Best Creative Radio Feature
Tharik's two part BBC World Service radio documentary; America's Mosques; A Story of Integration was a finalist in the category of Best Creative Radio Feature at the 2016 AIBs (International Awards for Journalism and Factual Television, Radio, Audio and Digital Productions by The Association for International Broadcasters).
WINNER: NEW YORK FESTIVALS RADIO AWARDS 2016
Best Religious Program
Tharik's two part BBC World Service radio documentary; America's Mosques; A Story of Integration was named the World's Best Religious Program for 2016 at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2016.