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American Taliban

(2010)
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An avid, near-six-foot-tall surfer, John Jude Parish cuts a striking figure on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. When he isn't on water, John lives on wheels, a self-described skate rat - grinding and kickflipping with his friends, and encouraged by his progressive parents. His hero is the great explorer Richard Burton, his personal prophet is Bob Dylan, and his world is wide open - to new ideas, philosophies, and religions.

Through online forums and chat rooms, John meets a young woman from Brooklyn who spurs his interest in Islam and Arab literature. Deferring Brown University for a year, he moves to the idyllic New York borough to study Arabic. Like Burton, John embraces the experience heart, body, and soul - submitting to Islam, practicing the salaat, fasting and meditating, dancing with dervishes, and encountering the extraordinary. Burton lived the life of a nineteenth-century adventurer, but he also penetrated the ancient wisdom of secret worlds. John will too - with unforeseen consequences.
Critically acclaimed novelist Pearl Abraham uses her gifts of psychological acuity and uncommon empathy to depict a typical upper-middle-class family snared by the forces of history, politics, and faith. In American Taliban, she imagines this young surfer/skater on a distinctly American spiritual journey that begins with Transcendentalism and countercultural impulses, enters into world mysticism, and finds its destination in Islam.

Provocative, unsettling, and written in a brilliantly inventive, refreshingly original voice, American Taliban is poised to become one of the most talked-about novels of the year.

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Hardback Editions

April 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-4000-6858-4 / 978-1-4000-6858-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: American Taliban, a Novel (Advance Uncorrected Proof) (Advanced Reader Copy)
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-58836-978-1 / 978-1-58836-978-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-5012-7038-9 / 978-1-5012-7038-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-5012-7881-9 / 978-1-5012-7881-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio CD

Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-5012-7052-4 / 978-1-5012-7052-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-4418-7841-6 / 978-1-4418-7841-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-4418-7842-4 / 978-1-4418-7842-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-4418-7843-2 / 978-1-4418-7843-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
ISBN: 1-4418-7844-0 / 978-1-4418-7844-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: American Taliban: A Novel
Author(s): Pearl Abraham
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA