Raised in Pakistan, Ziauddin Sardar learned the Koran at his mother's knee. As a young student in London, he embarked on a quest to grasp the meaning and contemporary relevance of his religion and, hopefully, to find "paradise." After experimenting with the mystical branch of Islam, Sufism, and with classical Islam, he set off on extensive travels through the Muslim world. Along the way, he came to accept that he might never reach paradise, realizing that it's the journey that's important. At a time when the Western view of Islam is so often distorted and over-simplified, "Desperately Seeking Paradise" is essential reading.