Tharik is an author, travel writer and journalist specialising in Muslim heritage and culture.
His debut book, Minarets in the Mountains; A Journey into Muslim Europe, was longlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize in 2021, named a Travel Book of the Year by the Washington Post and Newsweek, and a Book of the Year by the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement.
Minarets in the Mountains is the first book by a travel writer to explore indigenous Muslim Europe, and the first to do so through the eyes of a Muslim writer.
Tharik is also the author of several travel guides for Lonely Planet, including Saudi Arabia (shortlisted for the 2020 Travel Media Awards), Bahrain and Thailand, and he has written about encountering Muslim cultures and heritage across the globe for various media publications. Tharik’s work often serves to counter popular religious and cultural narratives and in July 2019, he created Britain's first Muslim heritage trails, in Surrey, England; in 2017 he 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, an advisor to the Institute of Islamic Art Thailand 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.
Tharik resides in London and is represented by David Godwin at David Godwin Associates Ltd.
LONGLIST: THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2021
Tharik's debut travelogue, Minarets in the Mountains; a Journey into Muslim Europe was longlisted for the UK's most prestigious non-fiction literature award.
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.