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From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  249 Ratings  ·  29 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
Paperback, 449 pages
Published January 16th 2013 by Arcadia Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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Sarah Lameche
Jun 14, 2013 Sarah Lameche rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 08, 2012 Hilda Reilly rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 09, 2013 Rifda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
SISTERS Magazine
Feb 26, 2013 SISTERS Magazine rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2014 Akhlaq rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2013 Deni Aria rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 04, 2013 Zayn rated it really liked it
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.
Namal Siddiqui
Nov 11, 2016 Namal Siddiqui rated it it was amazing
A journey of the soul. Thank you for connecting me to Islam, in a way I wondered of, but didn't know how to articulate.
Sabih Hansmukh
Jan 21, 2013 Sabih Hansmukh rated it really liked it
inspiring & motivating ... these r the tow word a like to say about this book
Marlasg Griffith
Nov 10, 2012 Marlasg Griffith rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Interesting journey
Riaz Rahaman
Feb 19, 2013 Riaz Rahaman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading every page of this book.
May 08, 2013 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an amazing insight, my eyes are open
Apr 24, 2013 Nazrana rated it really liked it
A must read for a muslim and non muslim alike
Muhammed Faris
Nov 12, 2016 Muhammed Faris rated it really liked it
As one of the first ever presenters of MTV Europe, Kristiane Backer had pretty much everything a young girl from Germany might want. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Bob Geldof and Cat Stevens, her job brought her a cult following and took her to the very heart of the international music scene. However, at the height of her career, a chance encounter with cricketer Imran Khan took her to Pakistan and subsequently led her to convert to Islam. With her new book out today, Fr ...more
Muhammad Mustaqeem
Sep 27, 2012 Muhammad Mustaqeem rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2016 Mujtaba rated it really liked it
An interesting read.I personally enjoyed reading it as reading people who choose islam by their own will gives me a boost to study my religion better & helps me become more grateful to Allah (swt).

Some of the quotes from the book which i found to be thought provoking :

It is pain that draws man to his lord,bcz when he is well, he doesn't remember the lord-Rumi

Die before you die.

My house was burned down , now i can see the rising moon -ancient Japanese saying

When you accept islam,you don't ce
Tariq Mahmood
Jun 24, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was ok
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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
Jan 12, 2015 Loulwa rated it liked it
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It is an interesting biography read !

The style of the writer is not WOW..Very detailed on sometimes unnecessary parts...
I like when she quotes from books, poems or holy scriptures.
You do feel the book is very authentic and reflects the writer's honesty. It is not exaggerated, esp in the vocab words used.
The content is amusing, as it is very peculiar to read the "before" and "after" in someone's else life.
The writer takes you with her into her spiritual journey.

Also, I liked her honesty abou
Dec 06, 2012 Vicky rated it liked it
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
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
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
Oct 10, 2013 V.J. rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2013 Hashmina samreen rated it liked it
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 :-)
Feb 21, 2011 OO--OO rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Youssef Tawfeek
Feb 06, 2014 Youssef Tawfeek rated it it was ok
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
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