The fascinating account of how the story of the Buddha was transformed into the legend of a Christian saint.
“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal
A provocative manifesto for an interpretation of Islam that synthesizes liberal ideas and respect for the Islamic tradition.
"A potent wakeup call to pluralists in the coming showdown with Christian nationalists."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Kemper’s majestic account of Barth’s journey restores the reputation of an explorer who was as passionate about science as he was about rigorous travel. It’s an enthralling adventure, captivatingly told." —Ziauddin Sardar, Times (London)