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Rock & Roll Jihad : A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution for Peace

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Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani rock star whose band Junoon has sold over 25 million albums. A medical doctor by training, Salman currently travels the globe as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, spreading a message of harmony and reconciliation between the West and the Muslim world. He was a featured performer at the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, alongside musical superstars such as Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge and Annie Lennox. He currently teaches a course on Muslim music and poetry at the City University of New York's Queens College campus. Salman spends his free time moving between Pakistan and Rockland County, New York, with his wife Samina and their three sons.


"Rock & Roll Jihad is the fascinating story of the evolution of a new kind of planetary citizen. Salman Ahmad's band, Junoon, can boast of being the most popular rock group in South Asia -- but its larger signifi cance is that music, poetry, politics, and humanitarianism have been the core elements of Salman's personal quest.... I hope in reading this book that you are inspired to take your own journey of mystery, wonder, enchantment, and most important of all, healing. The greatest gift an artist can possess is the ability to raise the consciousness of his audience. Salman Ahmad has dedicated himself to transformation, and in that I join hands with him in gratitude and hope." -- Deepak Chopra
"In these troubled times of cultural misunderstanding, there are peace talks -- and also peace rock. Salman Ahmad's memoir, Rock & Roll Jihad, describes his own jihad, his struggle with the multiple crises in the world, and his own youthful idealism. Rather than throw up his hands at what look to be irreparable divides, Ahmad turns to the nature of kinship within families and world communities. He moves from idealism to changemaker as a medical doctor, a UN ambassador for both AIDS and peace between Pakistan and India, and the founder and singer in South Asia's biggest rock band, Junoon. As Ahmad shows, rock & rock diplomacy can create instant kinship. It may be one of the best ways for the youth of the world -- the future -- to set aside the old history of fear and mistrust and just get down and rock out together." -- Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
"Rock & Roll Jihad is not just the story of a young man's incredible journey to becoming a rock star. It is also the story of how that young man also became a hero, risking it all to stand up against intolerance and hatred. Read this book and be inspired!" -- P. W. Singer, Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings, and author of Wired for War
"Rock & Roll Jihad is a gorgeously written and endlessly entertaining book that reminds one of both the incredible power of music to encourage positive social change and how deep the cultural connections between the U.S. and Muslim world have long been. Rock & Roll Jihad will forever change the way you think about the Muslim world, the war on terror, and rock & roll to boot. An absolutely essential read for anyone concerned about the future relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. Salman Ahmad's beautiful writing style is the perfect complement to his electrifying guitar playing; if his seminal band Junoon is known as the 'U2 of Asia, ' this book will launch him as the Bono of commentators on the common future of our hopelessly entangled civilizations." -- Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam
..".Has found a way to bridge bitter divides...There is something unusually compelling about his combination of total coolness, gentle innocence and self-deprecating humor." -- Sally Quinn, The Washington Post
"A revolutionist of our own time...[who] perseveres and never stops believing that music and the arts can help heal his country's violent and short history...What I love about Rock & Roll Jihad is not only the story of Ahmad's success against all odds, but how his journey is intertwined with Pakistan's and the effect they have on each other." --Northwest Asian Weekly

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