Before I publish my next post about Welsh law later today, I wanted to share the happy news that my forthcoming book, The Rule of the Clan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), has received its first jacket endorsement! Thrillingly, it’s from Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. The BBC has called Ahmed “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam.”
Amb. Ahmed writes: “Mark Weiner has raised the crucial yet neglected subject of tribal identity and loyalty in modern society. The sweep of his book and the depth of his analysis make it essential reading for anyone interested in connecting past to present in order to chart a felicitous path to the future.”
I’ve never met Amb. Ahmed—though some dear friends will know that I once provided a distinctly hammy performance of the character of an Islamic judge in a reading of his play “The Trial of Dara Shikoh”—which makes receiving his endorsement all the more meaningful to me. I would have been delighted had he simply read the book. His calling it essential is absolutely exhilarating.
The occasion of Amb. Ahmed’s endorsement also gives me the chance to send greetings to my Pakistani readers, including a special shout-out to my friends M & S and their family in the Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the northwest frontier. Warm greetings from America!