A magical, eye-opening account of a journey into a Europe that rarely makes the news and is in danger of being erased altogether. Another Europe. A Europe few people believe exists and many wish didn't. Muslim Europe. Writer Tharik Hussain sets off with his wife and young daughters around the Western Balkans, home to the largest indigenous Muslim population in Europe, and explores a region where Islam has shaped places and people for more than half a millennium.
SHORTLIST: 2022 STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR
LONGLIST: 2021 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON FICTION
A Times Literary Supplement, Prospect Magazine and New Statesman Book of the Year 2021
A Washington Post, Wanderlust Magazine and Newsweek Travel Book of the Year 2021
“One of the most compelling books for readers who wish to see the world through a wider lens.” – Forbes
“A fascinating insight into the living legacy of Islam in Europe” – Levison Wood
“A richly detailed travelogue by a humane and compassionate pilgrim” – Tim Mackintosh-Smith
10 June 2022
Tharik was the main writer on this new guidebook to London overseeing the entire book and authoring the sections for East London, North London and Hampstead.
Lonely Planet’s Experience London is your guide to unforgettable experiences and local surprises. Discover royal palaces, have a pint in a pub, and catch a West End show - all guided by local experts with fresh perspectives. Uncover London’s best experiences and get away from the everyday!
10 March 2022
Tharik's contribution to this anthology of the best of British travel writing this century is his critically acclaimed Hajj Diaries about his pilgrimage to Makkah with his mother in 2019.
The world has changed, but our desire to explore new places remains as strong as ever. The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century includes 30 outstanding travel stories published in British media over the last two decades, as chosen by some of the top names in travel writing today. Through travel’s most talented storytellers, you’ll face adversity along the Congo’s raging River Lulua, make new friends aboard Iraq’s night train, and embark on life-changing pilgrimages from India to Saudi Arabia.
“I greatly enjoyed journeying vicariously through this marvellous collection of travel pieces.” - Paul Theroux
9 July 2021
Tharik's contribution to this bestseller on Thailand includes his fascinating exploration of the country's little-known Muslim culture in the south.
Get caught up in Bangkok's energy, sample fresh local food in Chiang Mai, and relax in luxury on Ko Samui; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand and begin your journey now!
1 October 2021
Tharik travelled through southern Thailand exploring the mainland and the Thai Gulf islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao for Lonely Planet.
Southern Thailand is home to the country's largest concentration of Muslims and Tharik was able to add a considerable body of content about this little-known indigenously Thai Muslim culture. This included developing walking trails and identifying points of interest linked to the 17th century Thai-Muslim Sultanate of Singhora.
1 August 2022
Tharik's research on the Thai Gulf islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao are included in this special edition on the islands and beaches of Thailand.
Discover the meaning of serenity on Ko Yao Islands, explore exotic rainforests in Khao Sok, and dance until sunrise on Ko Pha-Ngan; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand's Islands & Beaches and begin your journey now!
The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human;
Tales from Many Muslim Lands
Relating his encounter with an indigenous Muslim of Romania in the minaret of a mosque in the coastal town of Constanta, Tharik's chapter reminds readers that Romania, like many parts of modern day Europe has a hidden and long Muslim heritage; one often lying in plain sight.
Tharik's story is one of several in this delightful anthology of writing by Muslims from across the globe.
Tharik's pioneering guide to Saudi Arabia in this guidebook was shortlisted for the category of Best Guide Book, Online and App in the 2020 Travel Media Awards
Dubbed the 'final frontier of tourism' Tharik traversed the length and breadth of Saudi Arabia when it was still 'closed' for tourism, to produce the most comprehensive guide to the country yet. This included introducing the Asir region, the Farasan Islands, Hail and much of the Red Sea coast. Tharik also wrote the guide to Bahrain in this publication.
Tharik was the editor of this special one off (FREE to download) 'resurrection' of the historic British Muslim journal and magazine, The Islamic Review, originally published from the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.
In this special edition academics, historians, activists and locals wrote articles about Britain's Muslim heritage with a special focus on the local Woking heritage.