If Tripping with Allah is a road book, it s a road book in the tradition of 2001 A Space Odyssey, rather than On the Road ian shamanism meets Christianity meets West African religion meets Islam in this work of reflection and inward adventure Knight, the Hunter S Thompson of Islamic literature seeks reconciliation between his Muslim identity and his drinking ofIf Tripping with Allah is a road book, it s a road book in the tradition of 2001 A Space Odyssey, rather than On the Road ian shamanism meets Christianity meets West African religion meets Islam in this work of reflection and inward adventure Knight, the Hunter S Thompson of Islamic literature seeks reconciliation between his Muslim identity and his drinking of ayahuasca, a psychedelic tea that has been used in the for centuries His experience becomes an opportunity to investigate complex issues of drugs, religion, and modernity.Though essential for readers interested in Islam or the growing popularity of ayahuasca, this book is truly about neither Islam nor ayahuasca Tripping with Allah provides an accessible look into the construction of religion, the often artificial borders dividing these constructions, and the ways in which religion might change in an increasingly globalized world.Finally, Tripping with Allah not only explores Islam and drugs, but also Knight s own process of creativity and discovery.
Tripping with Allah Islam Drugs and Writing If Tripping with Allah is a road book it s a road book in the tradition of A Space Odyssey rather than On the Road ian shamanism meets Christianity meets West African religion meets Islam in th
I m fascinated by Knight not so much from the detailed descriptions of his drug trips and other adventures as from his ability to put into writing his very human wrestling with what it means to be a Muslim He s the eccentric who can look at the system and point out the bullshit not as an outsider but as someone who identifies with and loves it in his own way He calls it being a part of the underground in Islam and compares it to those underground people in America who are just as American as any [...]
Riveting capture of self discovery, drugs, writing, and expression in modern Islam.
Really intense, hilarious, multilayered book As someone up on here said, it was nothing like what I was expecting I don t know really know what kind of person could would expect something like this I m not really sure what this is I don t really think Knight does either as he spends most of the book grappling with what the book is As he says he set out to write the great islamic drug book or something like that What it turns into is a really bizarre, self referential kind of awkward journey thro [...]
Reminded me early and often of the book report song from You re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Hunter S Thompson of Islam More like the Tucker Max of Islam Except that associating him with Islam does a disservice to the myriad Muslim writers who are actually good.
Following Michael Muhammad Knight s spiritual and intellectual paths of exploration never fail to interest me I probably need to re read Why I Am a Salafi since it s a follow up to this book I don t think I actually finished it Magic In Islam and William S Burroughs vs the Qur an are next
I find this author irritating the way some people find Vanilla Ice irritating He wants the recognition of being something other, but on his own terms Michael Knight gives no indication he ever sold crack or got shot, but he wants the adulation associated with being the accessible crossover between unbearably white and street smart negro Arab Someone else did the work while he reaps the rewards I find him irritating because of all people he latches onto Wallace Fard Muhammad, founder of the Natio [...]
This wasn t quite what I was hoping for, which was a non western perspective on psychotropics.But it is awesome.I picked this up knowing nothing at all about the author it didn t occur to me to find out who he was until halfway through the book He s something else If you DO know who he is, I suggest you try not to let that influence your perspective on this one way or another Do your best just to read it for what it is.Which is A prolonged exploration of set setting One unusual man s attempt to [...]
Where do I even start This book is painfully self obsessed and self indulgent The author literally just wanders through whatever he wants to talk about and prove his knowledge in for a given section There doesn t seem to be any kind of real thread beyond vaguely relating everything to drugs , which here includes everything from hallucinogens to coffee to body building and masturbation References to 80s cartoons and science fiction are as numerous as references to Islam, and professional wrestlin [...]
So far, this book is really, really funny Harvard student Michael Knight examines his own identity while tripping out on ayahuasca Favorite quote thus far on page 3, by Jove Not even my Muslim friends who do coke want to join me for ayahuasca, but they re not doing coke for the sake of spiritual growth Coke is fun, and ayahuasca is anti fun Coke is for people who like to party, and ayahuasca is for people who like throwing up and shitting themselves and seeing Muhammad flying through space on a [...]
Weird, weird book The beginning reads like an adventure story, the middle reads like a random assortment of excerpts from history textbooks, and the end of the book is exactly the drug saturated hallucinogenic climax one would expect from the title except about 9 times scarier I have to confess that I skipped the entire middle of the book because I was unable to muck through 140 pages of rantings about obscure elements of Islamic history and politics Was still a fun read, and the ending, though [...]
i don t know what to say arrogant self absorbed hipster or astute observer of cultural history I was ready for him to just get on with the ayahuasca trip, already but I forgave him stringing us along when I found that , as typical for mystical experriences, he didn t have much to say afterward because he saw that words are bullshit, especially theology, I might add some truly amazing sentences.
i am a sufi muslim and have been working with ayahuasca in peru for over a year now while that does not qualify me as an expert, i can say that hands down, knight s book is mostly fluff with little substance he spends the vast majority of the book on bullshit and only gets to his experience with the medicine at the very end while the title is catchy and controversial the work inside is not skip this one.
This books is a trip of its own While reading the academic portion, I recommended it to all my friends who care about drugs or Islam Then I got into the trip, and I became cautious in my recommendations Just like a drug induced trip, it s good to prepare yourself mentally before the plunge.
Mike s latest book full disclosure we hung out once, and he s a great guy is sure to piss off the orthodox Muslims of all stripes but reading it as an outsider, it strikes me a record of an earnest search for truth and meaning in a religious context This is something I can relate to.
While his rants on history are a bit polemic and simplistic, it s digestible and his personal writing makes up for it.
Heartfelt review in the works
Useful TripKnight s drug journey uniquely takes us not only to a flip out but also to an insight to the foundations of religious life.