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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
My Pashtun Rabbi: A Jew's Search for Truth, Meaning, and Hope in the Muslim World by David Eden is a book that takes a completely different look into the Muslim world. While most writers show a side of the Muslim world that the propaganda media portrays, David Eden shows a more human and more realistic side of this religious community, one where there is acceptance, love, friendship and peaceful coexistence. He tells his story without meaning to sway the reader, but to show the other side of the picture so that people can understand that there is still hope and trust left in this world.
Going through a divorce and with his son already in college, David is given the opportunity to teach at a prestigious college in the UAE. He enters one of the biggest and most powerful Islamic countries in the world, hoping never to disclose the fact that he is a Jew and just do his job. However, fate has other plans for him. Little did he know that on one fateful day a taxi driver named Noor from the northern part of Pakistan would open doors for him to understand Islam, the culture of the country and how the people live. He got to see humans, not just a religion, and to understand that, deep down, everyone craves just one thing: acceptance.
What I truly enjoyed about this book was how the author conveyed his message without enforcing his ideas. I absolutely loved that David talked about people; humans who have feelings. He talked about people without labeling them with anything and it showed that he really gave people a chance to show their true worth to him in his interactions with them. He does not take any sides, he just shows what he encountered and how he felt when he met people like Fatima and Noor, both struggling in their own way to find a better future. The narrative is very strong and the way it is written made the story even more interesting for me. This is a truly exceptional and wonderful book that I would love to read again.