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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Kristiane Backer was one of the very first presenters on MTV Europe. She gained a cult following and became a darling of the European press, but something was missing from her life. A fateful encounter introduced her to a completely different world to the one she knew, the religion and culture of Islam. After reading the Quran and traveling widely in the Islamic world she ...more
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Published January 16th 2013 by Arcadia Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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Sarah Lameche
I was interested in this book for some time but never actually ordered it. Then I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Backer at a conference and decided to get her book while I was there. Thank goodness I did! What a fabulous book! I am a revert to Islam of a similar age to her and grew up watching MTV and going to some of the concerts that she talks about in this book. I was really interested in what led her to Islam and made her decide to leave such a completely different way of life.
I really could
Hilda Reilly
From MTV to Mecca - a catchy title, as also is Bob Geldof's endorsement on the front cover: 'From MTV to Mecca? From babe to burka is more like it!'
I feel that the publisher's decision to feature the Geldof quote so prominently has more to do with its attention-grabbing properties than any belief that Geldof was seduced by the book; and being an acquaintance of the author's he would have known that she doesn't even wear the hijab, far less a burka.
German television presenter Kristiane Backer, w
Aku tidak tahu apakah aku benar-benar membacanya secara keseluruhan atau tidak. Ini semacam buku autobiografi, atau malah memoar, dari perjalanan Kristiane Backer menemukan hidayah Islam. Jadi, aku bacanya sesekali.. lompat dari satu adegan ke adegan lainnya. Buku ini tetap menakjubkan lho, meski aku membacanya dengan urutan acak ^^

Kristiane Backer adalah VJ MTV pertama yang berasal dari Eropa (Jerman). Saat itu, salah satu kesuksesan MTV adalah menjadi (bisa dibilang) satu-satunya tontonan sant
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Far from religion and spirituality, Kristiane Backer was in a world of her own - the entertainment, music and pop video industry, which in turn became a means to discovering herself. In her personal memoir, From MTV To Mecca - How Islam Inspired My Life, the former musical television video jockey (VJ) gives us a full account of her spiritual journey to Islam. Though faced by many challenges, her strong faith gave her the inner peace she had always sought. As one of the very first presenters on M ...more
Kristiane Backer’s memoir From MTV To Mecca is a truly insightful, enjoyable and informative insight into the journey of a conversation to Islam. As I noted on my Twitter account, I hadn’t heard of sister Kristiane previously despite her fame working with MTV in the early 1990’s, but the book highlighted why many people in the entertainment industry, despite huge success, still feel an emptiness that professional success can not fill. It also shows that having a small piece of open-mindedness in ...more
Atikah Abd Aziz
On her writing

This book is literally her biography for the last 15 years, which is something that I wasn't expecting before buying it. She wrote everything, from her glory MTV days, to her conversion and how is she doing today. Her writing and description over things are too in detailed, which makes the book long winded. She literally describes most of the things down to the last detail, which I would appreciate had this been a fiction. The 449 pages could easily be simplified to 300 pages if sh
I read this book not knowing what to expect and ended up being pleasantly surprised. Kristiane lead a fun filled social life as a TV presenter before exploring the principles of Islam. The book details her early life before the influence of religion, right through to her conversion into a Muslim and the difficulties she faced in this journey.
I did not read this for any religious reasons, however I enjoyed understanding some of the underlying principles of Islam, which are grossly misunderstood b
Deni Aria
I found myself so immersed to the spiritual journey of Ms. Backer, her book is kind of a living example that lead me to find out the God within ourselves. I felt ashamed of being Muslim but so left behind of seeking the true meaning of my faith. This book is truly an eye opener for to reactive my faith and living the life as Allah has created me to this world. Thank you Ms. Backer for letting us/ me know on how to find The Lord ! Exquisite Memoir.
Luisa نور
As a convert myself, I didn't find this book entirely convincing. Intrigued would be more like it ... If I had lived what she went through, I highly doubt that I would have ever converted to islam. So maybe it shows how convinced and right she felt choosing this path ... She strangely mixes practice, cultural traditions and the religion itself sometimes.
But what was more surprising to me, is how not normal her path was : her life seems to have been basically surrounded by celebrities, including
We were born into muslim families so we beleive that we know what Islam is but after reading this book i realised what Islam actually is. A must read book for everyone.
Hana Bilqisthi
perjalanannya memahami islam dan mencintai Tuhan dapat Hana pahami karena Hana menglami fase yang hampir mirip
hana juga kagum bagaimana dia bisa menceritkan dengan detail yang dia rasakan dan alami
puluhan/belasan tahun yang lalu

ada banyak quotes yang Hana suka sampai Hana bingung kalau ditaruh di review kayaknya bakal spoiler abis
Hahhahahahaha :D

When you accept Islam, you don’t cease to be the person you were before in your
identity and culture,’ he told me. ‘The only thing that Islam does is m
Muhammad Mustaqeem
Out raged by the fact that I wrot a long review only to be prompted that an error happened and my review was not possible to be saved. haaahhhgh, my 40 minutes wasted.
I can now only say that it is a personal account of our sister Christane Backer and it is someting that is really inspiring at times.
There is also a lesson for the 'born Muslims' to learn that Islam is not what, sometime, we think it is, rather we, at times, mix religion with cultures.
It is also important to see the same and many o
Tariq Mahmood
Very ordinary book of a very impressionable Western women experimenting with Islam. I found her reasons to convert not very convincing at all, claiming to have been inspired by Imran Khan the Pakistani cricketer politician. For me it was a simple case of exploitation using Islam to justify large scale misogyny in Pakistan. How the author failed to notice the poor plight of women on her numerous trips to Pakistan is beyond me. What amazed me more was the author decided to convert to Islam after b ...more
I am not a Muslim nor planning to become one, or planning to join any religion, so I didn't read it for personal reasons. I'm an atheist... I think?
I was given it to read by an elderly lady Who has recently converted to Islam? At the age of 92!!??? Mainly for the community and at that age I say you are allowed!

Actually I did enjoy the book, I was fascinated by her journey. However I find a problem with her way of thinking and I don't agree with her ways of looking at things.

Thinking of the west
Youssef Tawfeek
I didnt like that she is Sufi, also she didnt wear hijab till 2012, i dont know what about now i didnt complete the book because its really annoying seeing so many mistakes related to creed and in behaviours. but her story as how she changed from MTV VJ to a muslim is nice
I've enjoyed this book a lot - it talks about a very relaxed kinda of islam - which is this author viewpoint and own personal journey ! Its nice to read a book like this i feel from time to time as i like learning about this topic and improving my knowledge on another way of life and culture - i think i may still prefer "from my sisters lips" to this book - yet in saying that i often found this book very hard to put down in the evening ! One that i will defo be keeping on my kindle for some time ...more
Hashmina samreen
i heard a lot about this book. i really wanna read it..i guess its very intresting
its kristiane backers autobiography from mtv to mecca from babe to burqa :D
she changed her name to zohra at the end?
thats a very nice name :-)
5 Nostalgiepunkte für die Erinnerung and die Zeit damals, die Schilderung ihrer Jugend, ihrer Zeit bei MTV und ihrer Wandlung zur extrovertierten Religiösität. 2 Punkte Abzug für die Islam-Werbung. Bleiben 3 übrig.
I grew up agnostically and never changed anything about this state of not … ->
Sabih Hansmukh
inspiring & motivating ... these r the tow word a like to say about this book
Noor Saadeh
Very engaging and quite the journey. Would love to meet this woman!
A must read for a muslim and non muslim alike
an amazing insight, my eyes are open
Riaz Rahaman
Loved reading every page of this book.
Marlasg Griffith
Interesting journey
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sincere in your actions,’ he wrote. ‘God looks into your heart, not at your outer form. He looks at
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was sympathetic and understood my dilemma. ‘Concentrate on your relationship with God; purify
yourself, your life and your intentions. Better your religion!’ she recommended. ‘If you are patient and
steadfast, then you will be rewarded, insha’ Allah.”
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