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About

Tharik is a travel writer, journalist and cultural consultant who has published work across the globe for many of the world's major travel and media brands and is an expert on travel and tourism in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Southern Thailand.

 

Tharik is the author of several titles for leading travel publisher, Lonely Planet, including: Oman, UAE, and Arabian Peninsula, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Pocket Ko Samui, Thailand’s Islands and Beaches, and Best of Thailand

In July 2019, Tharik created Britain's first Muslim heritage trails, in Surrey, England and in 2017 he was named one of the UK's most inspiring British Bangladeshis. In June 2016, Tharik's 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 has an MA in Islamic Studies, two decades of experience in media and education, and is a leading cultural consultant on global Muslim culture and travel. His expertise have been sought by institutes and organisations within travel, arts, commercial business, local authority, education, public relations and the heritage sector.

Tharik resides in London and can be contacted for freelance commissions and consultancy.

Published

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Journeys

2019

Saudi Arabia (Hajj)

Makkah (Mecca) and Madinah (Medina) 

Thailand

Muslim Thailand; Bangkok; Ko Samui; Ko phangan; Ko Tao; Suratthani,;Khanom; Sichon; Nakhon Si Thammarat; Hat Yai; Songhkla; Pattani

Ukraine

Kiev; Crimean Tatars

2018

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Taif, Hail, Tabouk, Yanbu, Dammam, Abha, Jezan, Farasan

Bahrain 

Manama and Muharraq 

United States of America

Washington; Maryland; West Virginia; New York City; Muslims in President Trump's America; American Muslim Heritage

Georgia

Muslim Georgia; Turkish-Georgians;

Netherlands

Utrecht; Amsterdam

Andalusia (Spain)

Malaga; Cordoba; Granada; Mezquita; Alhambra; Moors; Modern Muslim legacy

Corsica

French Muslims; Driving holiday; Family getaway; Corsican Muslim heritage

2017

Wales

Brecon Beacons

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Muslim Indochina; Halal Bangkok; Halal Travel; rural Thailand; Ho Chi Minh; Hanoi; Halong Bay; Cat Ba Island; Muslim Siem Reap; Angkor Watt; Trains; Road trip; Family Backpacking; Thai-Muslim Art; Cham and Malay Muslims

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Muslim heritage; Bagerhat; Sundarbans; wildlife; Eco-tourism; Bangladesh by boat; Sylheti Nagri script

France

Paris; Muslim-Jews; French muslim heritage

Iceland

City break; nature; religious heritage

2016

Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania

Tatar and Turkish Muslims; Sokollu Mehmet Pasha; Husnav Beg library; Mimar Sinan; Bosnian mysticism; Ottoman legacy; Bekhtashism; Alevis 

Morocco

Chefchaouen; Moroccan Jews; Maimonides; Karaouine University; Fez; Larache

United States of America

Iowa; Washington; New York; America's oldest mosques and communities; America's modern Muslims; Muslim diversity

Moldova 

Modern Moldovan Muslims; forgotten Ottoman fortress; Mimar Sinan; Suleiman the Magnificent

 

2015

Lithuania 

Motorhoming as a family; Rural Lithuania Lithuanian Tatar Culture; Wooden Mosques; the Curonian Spit; 

Latvia 

Motorhoming as a family; Rural Latvia; Tatars; Turks and Ahmadis;

Estonia 

Islam in Estonia; Rashidun coins of Estonia; Motorhoming as a family 

Dublin

The Ottoman connection; The Charles Beatty Library; Dublin's Muslims

Wales

Mount Snowden; Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall

Ipswich

Lady Evelyn Cobbold

Switzerland

Basel; Swiss Islam; Johann Burckhardt

France

Strasbourg; France's only Muslim cemetery; Strasbourg Mosque, 

 

Other recent journeys

Istanbul

Islamic relics of the Topkapi; Ottoman tombs; City highlights

Bulgaria

Balkan Islam; lost shi'a culture; Eco farming; Turkish villages; Danube valley; Shumen; Balchik; dual-faith Saints (tombs)

Romania

Muslim Dracula; Ottoman legacy; Constanta; Mangalia; Sokollu Mehmet Pasha; Sultana Esma; Evliya Celebi; Turkish Culture; Tatars

Egypt

Cairo, Coptic Cairo; Traditional Cairo; Dahab; Sinai; St Katherine's monastery

New York

Manhattan; Brooklyn; Staten Island; Muslim culture; flea markets

Bangladesh

Dhaka; Sylhet; Sreemangal; Jafflong; Modhub Khanda; Gour Gobind; Mosques; Village Islam; Eco-cottages; Lawacherra rainforest

London

Brick Lane; Bangladeshi culture; Mosques; Turkish Mosques; Broadway market

Portugal

Lisbon; Sintra; Moorish Legacy; Pena Palace; El Bortukal

Spain

Cordoba; Caliphate of Cordoba; Al Andalus; Mezquita; Madina Az Zahra; Granada; Alhambra; Az-Zuheros; Seville; Al Qasr

Netherlands

Utrecht; Turkish Muslim culture