A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim's Hajj of Defiance by Parvez SharmaA Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim's Hajj of Defiance by Parvez Sharma

A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim's Hajj of Defiance

byParvez Sharma

Paperback | August 15, 2017

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This is the Islam you've never been allowed to see. Daringly reported from its frontlines and forbidden to most of humanity for centuries. 

The Hajj pilgrimage is a journey every Muslim is commanded by God to go on at least once in a lifetime if they are able and, like millions, Parvez Sharma believes his spiritual salvation lies at Islam's ground zero, Mecca. But unlike the journeys of his fellow Muslims, the consequences of his own could be deadly. 

InA Sinner in Mecca,author and filmmaker Parvez chronicles his pilgrimage as a very openly gay Muslim to Saudi Arabia, where Islam's heart beats . . . and where being true to himself is punishable by death. Risking his life, Parvez embarks on a Jihad of the self—filming his experience along the way. Already under fire for his documentaryA Jihad for Love, which looks at the coexistence of Islam and homosexuality, he would undoubtedly face savage punishment if exposed—from being thrown off a cliff to public beheading. 

Parvez's odyssey is at once audacious, global, and remarkable. He meets everyone from extremists to explorers of the spiritual kind and the world they open up is frightening . . . yet breathtaking. In Mecca, Parvez comes out to a pilgrim, who then asks him why he would want to be part of something that wants no part of him. This book is his answer to this question and many more. Parvez provides an unflinching look at our troubling unfolding history, including Hizbullah, ISIS, Trump, the race-wars, an embattled Europe, and more. He offers real solutions, borne of his efforts to get his hands dirty to find them. This is alivedhistory—and its author is no armchair theorist. 

Following theNew York TimesCritics' Pick hit documentary of the same title,A Sinner in Meccaunflinchingly showcases parts of the dangerous ideology that governs today's ISIS and how much it has in common with Saudi Arabia's sacred, yet treacherous dogma, Wahhabi Islam.

A Sinner in Mecca is simultaneously one man's personal odyssey as well as a groundbreaking, provocative revelation of a clandestine world and its fastest growing and most contested religion.

Parvez Sharmais an award-winning filmmaker and writer. His filmA Sinner in Meccahas garnered worldwide media attention and was aNew York TimesCritics’ Pick. He also directed and produced the multiple award-winningA Jihad for Love, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and opened the prestigious Panorama Dokumente section of...
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Title:A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim's Hajj of DefianceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944648372

ISBN - 13:9781944648374

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"Parvez's heroism is rare and his courage well-documented. Putting his own life at risk, he takes us on a surprising and compelling journey through the frontlines of his much contested faith. A brilliant follow up to his films, A Jihad for Love and A Sinner in Mecca."
—Reza Aslan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot