Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury was one of the first British-born Bangladeshis to study at Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, following which he completed his masters at Cambridge and, later on, executive training at Harvard Business School. Chowdhury is a senior partner at a global consulting firm running their telecom, media and technology practice across Asia and Australia. He has worked in 80 countries advising Ministers and CEOs and is recognized as a leading emerging markets expert by the BBC, Financial Times, Forbes and CNN. He is the author of Border Crossings.
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Uniquely narrated from the perspective of a man who grew up in South London, studied at Oxford, and has worked in 80 countries, Border Crossings resonates with the stories of thousands of Western Muslims who since 9/11 have been subjected to a constant barrage of questions that obliquely cast doubt over the very goodness of their faith. Border Crossings is the account of a man who cries when England win the Ashes, yet screams in the face of racism and religious bigotry. This timely book powerfully rejects today’s emerging narrative that Muslims can no longer be trusted as honest citizens of the West.
Whether negotiating mind-games of the Israeli intelligence or performing ablutions in a London bathroom, Mohammad Chowdhury’s life as a British Muslim serves up daily challenges. Border Crossings is the story of Chowdhury’s journey, gripping in some parts and shameful in others, as he describes a lifelong struggle to reconcile the British, Asian and Muslim sides of his identity, constantly dealing with the mistrust of Westerners alongside the hypocrisies of his own community and their misunderstanding of Islam.