The Monk, the Moor & Moses Ben Jalloun

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The Monk, the Moor and Moses Ben Jalloun
Author Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Country India
Language English
Genre Literary Fiction
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Pages 247
ISBN 978-93-5029-206-8

The Monk, the Moor and Moses Ben Jalloun is a 2012 novel by Saeed Akhtar Mirza. The book was published by HarperCollins and follows four students as they discover themselves by learning about the past.[1]


The novel centers on four students attending an American university and studying history. The book particularly focuses on the tale of the eleventh century Iranian Rehana, a woman with a zest for learning. As the students study the past, they begin to learn more about themselves and how actions in the past can affect them in the present and future.


Critical reception for the book was positive,[2] with the Deccan Chronicle calling it a "lovely work".[3] The Hindu mostly praised the novel but stated that an index or a bibliography would have been useful.[4] IBN Live also gave a positive review, calling it "a great addition to any bookcase".[5]


  1. ^ "At the crossroads". LiveMint. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Unravelling glory of Islamic civilisation". Tribune India. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Patel, Aakar. "Others Revival of learning: Missing links". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "The cover-up". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Saeed Mirza's latest book is a collector's item". IBN Live. Retrieved 7 November 2012.