Religious leaders and prophets of all faiths have forever struggled with their own humanity in the context of divine circumstance. Centuries ago a long familial line of intellectual and sacred authorities of Shia Islam, the twelve Imams, endured fierce scrutiny and staggering personal sacrifice.
The Imam, a bold, epic tale of the fictionalized life of the twelfth Imam colorfully probes the human hearts of Muslim leaders while exploring Islamic thought. Set in modern Mecca, Lahore, Teheran, and New York, The Imam is a tale of love, hope, tyranny, and betrayal. Two of Islam’s holiest men – one of them the next Imam, who is taken to the United States at birth and kept in hiding there – the second, his open and visible representative, who remains in the Middle East. Two opposite worlds are straddled in a vain attempt to fulfill a divine prophecy, which calls for the holy expansion of Islam into the Western world.
Brought to life by author, Harvey Havel in the context of the modern day and Western world, this religious shocker introduces an Imam who must make sense of his life through a schizophrenic lens. Says Havel, “Through the medium of illness, the Imam attempts to establish his ideal view of the world by using his illness as a tool. He finds a way towards Allah that eschews reality but closely resembles it.”
Harvey Havel was born in Pakistan and educated since early childhood in the United States. He has traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia and has studied both Islam and schizophrenia for the past decade. Havel is also the author of Noble McCloud, A Novel.
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About the Author
HARVEY HAVEL Author Harvey Havel is a short-story writer and novelist. His first novel, Noble McCloud, A Novel, was published in November of 1999. His second novel, The Imam, A Novel, was published in 2000. In 2006, Havel published his third novel, Freedom of Association. He has published his eighth novel, Charlie Zero’s Last-Ditch Attempt, and his ninth, The Orphan of Mecca, Book One, which was released last year. His new novel, The Thruway Killers is his latest work. The Orphan of Mecca, Books Two and Three, has just been released next year as well as a book, An Adjunct Down, which he just completed. His work in progress is called In the Trenches, about a Black American football player. He is formerly a writing instructor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also taught writing and literature at the College of St. Rose in Albany as well as SUNY Albany. Copies of his books and short stories, both new and used, may be purchased at www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com, and by special order at other fine bookstores.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i love this book it rocks. You know im a Punk BMX Stateborder. Which makes me COOL. So this book rocks im mean everybody shoud read this book so read it now!!! Its the best book ever it explains the Shai 12 imam. even so im a Shia Muslim and im proud but this book rocks. This is like the first American to put something nice for us. So i thank him so totaly much. Thank You!!!
A great all around book. I'm something of an Islamophile, but don't let the title fool ya. This book is real page turner. It gets a little wierd with all the stuff about telepathy, but overall a good read.
It's not a good thing that a book like this is out, because it could get the author in a lot of trouble. It is one of the best books I've read in a while, though, and I mean a really long while. I'm not sure what to make of it, because you want a book like this to be out there, but at the same time, it's dangerous for a book like this to be out there. The plot is great, and I got to know the characters really well, even liked them. But I don't know if a book like this is worth getting into trouble over. Actually, it is worth it. Someone has to push freedom of speech.