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Inspired by the American Civil War, KANSASTAN takes place in a dystopic Kansas that is besieged by its neighboring state, Missouri. Close to the state line, an orphaned and disabled goatherd lives atop a minaret and is relegated to custodial work by the mosque’s imam while the threat of occupation looms. When his aunt and cousin arrive, the mosque’s congregants believe ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 16th 2019 by 7.13 Books
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Clif Hostetler
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is the story of a young and crippled goatherd who is given the lowliest and least desirable of mundane tasks at an Islamic Mosque located in early Kansas territory during the border war era (circa 1854 to 1861) of the American Civil War. Even John Brown and his sons are part of the story.

In case you’re wondering what a Mosque is doing in an origin story of Kansas, this is what you can call alternative history. It’s American history rewritten with Islam being the dominate religion. In
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Wade
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
And on this shelf, we have an alternate history of the great state of Kansas (my home state, I should disclose), in the form of a grandly styled, satirical legend.

This is not a book to dive into willy nilly. You should take a moment to prepare yourself. The language is crafted, rhetorical, and original. It takes you to a different time and mythology, and tells a different kind of story. It pays homage to sacred texts and stories, and to Kansas plains mythology. The author tells the story with a
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Sarmat Chowdhury
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting alternative history and concept, but execution could have been improved with a clearer timeline, less complicated syntax and deeper world building. But, a good start to the introduction of Islamic fiction.
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