During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Gwenyth and I and our three young children experienced the incredible pressure cooker that is Karachi, Pakistan. When we returned to Canada and tried to explain our work to friends and supporters in plain words, however, we saw many an eye glaze over in either incredulity or some kind of confusion. It seemed that many listeners decided that what we were reporting did not fit in with their idea of a Muslim society--or perhaps with what they thought they should think about a Muslim society. Preference for a politically correct image over reality was already starting to gain ground.
I was left wondering whether there was any other way to communicate the very real, and important, things we were learning about Islam and Muslims. I began then to write a story set in Karachi--pure fiction but filled with plot elements and conversations that we knew were realistic. I finished a draft during my PhD studies, but then earning a living got in the way of seeing the story through to publication.
Only, now, after all these years, have I been able to make the story accessible in print and ebook. The book is titled Margins of the Mîzân: A Shafqat Baig mystery, and it is available from Amazon. I am hoping that the imagination will perhaps let in truths that just seemed to bounce off the intellect of many!