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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Kareem al-Busiri, a professor of philosophy at the American University in Cairo, receives a mysterious invitation to meet Princess Basheera. She requested that he find Father Khaliq. While she gave no specific information about him, she suggested Kareem make the Hajj. This religious journey led him to other pilgrimages. At the same time, Kareem continued to grieve the death of his wife, Elizabeth, whom he met while she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Egypt. Kareem misses Elizabeth’s advice, as he deals with his family: son Naqib, his wife Anisa and their three young children; daughter Wahida; son Kalifa and his wife Sagira. The unsettling political situation in Egypt, peppered with acts of terrorism and the variety of religious beliefs and sects, comprise the setting for Kareem’s intriguing quest to find the elusive Father Khaliq, in the novel Seeking Father Khaliq by William Peace.
This novel is a splendid account of current-day life in Egypt. Through the eyes of an intellectual university professor, and the conflicts within his own family, the reader gains a greater understanding of the divisions within this nation and this part of the world. Because the author provided factual information within a personal context, the book is interesting and captivating to the reader. Author William Peace provides a comprehensive, yet easy-to-grasp explanation of very complicated circumstances in Seeking Father Khaliq. The author’s writing style is clear and concise. The account is thought-provoking and fascinating; the reader will be forever changed. This is a much-needed book during these difficult, challenging times in our modern world.