Now available to read on the Harper Collins authors’ website Authonomy. You can read it or dip into it at: Storm Warning
East and West, Islam and Christianity, a charming college, rising terror; take a ringside seat in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands before and after 9/11. You’ve heard news of war, terror and the Taliban; now come with me into the eye of the storm in the most dangerous city on Earth
A Ringside Seat
East and West, Islam and Christianity, a charming college, rising terror; take a ringside seat in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands before and after 9/11You’ve heard news of war, terror and Taliban; now come with me into the eye of the storm in the most dangerous city on Earth
Let me know what you think.
A Rising Storm
It is the driest, hottest, most turbulent and violent of borderlands – home to the Taliban. Ignoring all this I plunged into this strange place onto a path less travelled.
In 1996, I stepped from a quiet English Shire into the great Pushtun city of Peshawar to become Principal of its famous Edwardes College. Here I had a ringside seat at the centre of a rising storm. Conspiracy, intrigue and the build-up to 9/11 provided a troubling counterpoint to the irresistible charms of a great college in the heart of one of the most dangerous cities on Earth. Was this a great adventure or plain foolishness? Perhaps it was both.
How did I take this path? What do we learn of Islam and the West, and the tensions between them? What other discoveries and encounters lie along the way? Can I negotiate this path into a global storm without a fall? I had burned all my boats.
The arc of this story takes us from the West and the growing militancy of radical atheism into the world of the growing militancy of radical Islam. How can the knowledge of the heart be preserved in the post 9/11 world?