Book signing with Tharik Hussain at Humphry’s Café

The author with his new book at Stanfords in Covent Garden

Local author Tharik Hussain will be holding a book signing for his latest book ‘Minarets in the Mountains’  at Humphry’s Café in The Highams Park, IG8 9RB from 11 am until 2.00pm on Saturday 31st July. If you are free why not pop down to meet Tharik and find out more about the story behind his book.

Minarets in the Mountains is currently featuring in Hale End Library alongside the Summer Reading Challenge and Tharik has donated a copy to the library.

“A fascinating insight into the living legacy of Islam in Europe” is how travel and adventure superstar Levison Wood has described the new book in the Hale End Library window display by local author, Tharik Hussain, who he claims “takes us to places that few readers will have ventured”.

Minarets in the Mountains: a Journey into Muslim Europe is the story of how Highams Park resident Tharik and his family set off around the Western Balkans, in search of indigenous Muslim Europe. Following in the footsteps of the Ottoman traveller Evliya Celebi, they encounter blonde-haired and blue-eyed Muslims, visit mystical Islamic lodges clinging to the side of mountains and pray in mosques older than the Sistine Chapel.
“This is a journey of self discovery; where my family and I go in search of Europe’s neglected other half – the Muslim half,” says Tharik.

The book is already an Amazon pre order bestseller, entering the travel writing top ten in the first week of being available on pre order and is the July book of the month for the world famous Stanfords travel bookshop in Covent Garden.

Tharik is also the author of several Lonely Planet guides, including those for Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and southern Thailand. He has produced award-winning radio on the historic mosques of America for the BBC World Service and been published by the BBC, Aljazeera, Culture Trip, National Geographic and Arab News, amongst others.
Tharik has gifted a number of copies of his book to the library and will be available to buy at all good bookshops across the globe including our very own V and A bookshop from Thursday the 15th July.
For more information follow Tharik on: Facebook:, twitter: @_tharikhussain, Instagram: @tharik_hussain or visit:

The book on display at Stanfords in Covent Garden
Balkan coffee
A mystical Islamic lodge in Bosnia
A metalworker in the Old Town of Sarajevo in Bosnia
A mosque’s niche in Sarajevo
An antique Qur’an in Sarajevo
Stunning European Islamic art inside a mosque in North Macedonia
A mosque and minaret in the mountains somewhere in the Balkans