They survived the Bangladesh war of independence, but now that the fever of revolution has passed, Maya and her brother Sohail Haque must face the challenges of peace. While Maya embraces her new life, training to become a doctor, Sohail wrestles with troubling memories of the war. He takes solace in his faith, and slowly sheds his identity as a young political leader to become a devout Muslim. Stubbornly refusing to accept her brother’s transformation, Maya leaves her childhood home and travels deep into the heart of the country. When she returns years later, she enters the cloistered world Sohail has created, where she meets and grows to love his son, Zaid. Soon she begins to understand the power of her brother’s message, and rekindles her long-held hope of reconciliation. But when Sohail sends Zaid to a madrasa on a remote river island, Maya is forced to decide where her loyalties ultimately lie. Using the prism of a family story to reveal the fault lines of a polarized society, a young nation still reeling from the violence of its birth, The Good Muslim explores the lasting ravages of war, the competing loyalties of love and belief, and the deeply intimate roots of extremism.
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