When ten Pakistani men walk into Kathleen JamieOCOs small
Scottish town on a peace march, in November 2001, she is thrown
back to her own travels in Northern Pakistan and a book she wrote a
Among Muslims is the account of JamieOCOs time travelling alone and
living among the Shia and Ismaili Muslims in the Northern Areas OCo
the mountainous regions wedged between Afghanistan, India and China
and one of the most volatile borderlands in the world.
A bold, sympathetic and superbly written book, Among Muslims delves
into JamieOCOs own Scottish upbringing to find links with the
purdah-observing lifestyle of her Shia Muslim hosts. It is a
privileged account from an acclaimed poet, who during her travels
was often literally the only woman on the bus.
Among Muslims was originally published as The Golden Peak. For this
edition, Kathleen Jamie returned to Pakistan to write an Afterword
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