From MTV to Mecca

From MTV to Mecca

Kristiane Backer

In the early 1990s, Kristiane Backer became one of the very first presenters on MTV Europe. For years she lived and breathed the international music scene, quickly gaining a cult following amongst viewers and becoming a darling of the European press. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Bob Geldof, Jim Kerr, Take That and Cat Stevens, Kristiane was catapulted to the forefront of popular culture.

Through a fateful meeting with the famous cricketer Imran Khan, Kristiane travelled to Pakistan, where she encountered a completely different world to the one she knew: the religion and culture of Islam. She was drawn to this way of life which was dominated by a love of God and began to read the Quran and to study books about the Faith. The more she immersed herself in the world of Islam, the more she found herself dissatisfied with her own life. With the support of friends she met through Imran Khan, Kristiane began to learn the true values of the religion and, in 1995, decided to become a Muslim.

From MTV to Mecca takes the reader on a spiritual and cultural journey across the globe – from Pakistan to Bosnia, LA to London, Hamburg to Saudi Arabia – that will inspire Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Encountering Islamic academics, musicians and fellow converts, Kristiane finds the spiritual path of Sufism and embarks on the ultimate journey – the pilgrimage to Mecca.

We share Kristiane's highs and lows as she adopts Islam; from the difficulties of finding love, to embracing Islamic practices in day-to-day life, to dealing with prejudices, misconceptions and professional struggles, and she speaks with startling honesty of what it truly means to be a practicing Muslim in Western society.

'I admire Kristiane for her strength of conviction to walk a different path and follow her heart. Rock ‘n’ roll has taken many of its participants down a variety of paths. This is the story of one of the more unusual ones. From MTV to Mecca? From babe to burka is more like it!' Bob Geldof

'I am glad I had the chance to introduce Kristiane to the culture and religion of Islam. She not only loved the sacred music and the desi food but had an open mind to study and look beyond the headlines. I admire the sincerity with which she continued to discover the faith for herself and her steadfastness in practicing. This book will inspire Muslims and non-Muslims alike. May Allah bless her and give her all success' Imran Khan

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  • Kristiane Backer

    Kristiane Backer is a TV presenter and journalist based in London with a pan-European career. At the age of 24, she became one of the leading presenters on MTV Europe, where she interviewed many major artists and musicians of her the time. She created her own youth show in Germany, ‘Bravo TV’, and presented a daily guide to culture and entertainment, 'The Ticket NBC', on NBC Europe. She later studied natural medicine, qualified as a homeopath and presented a health program on RTL. In 2009 she presented and produced the interfaith program ‘Matters of Faith’ for Ebru TV and has recently presented a travel show for Travel Channel Germany. She has also been awarded Germany’s most prestigious TV award, the Golden Camera, for her television work.

    Today, Kristiane Backer hosts conferences and gala events throughout Europe, devoting herself to promoting dialogue and understanding between faiths and cultures. She has been nominated Global Ambassador for the Exploring Islam Foundation and was the face of the ‘Inspired by Muhammad’ campaign in the UK. Kristiane’s book From MTV to Mecca has been published in English, German and Dutch with Indonesian, Malaysian and Arabic editions forthcoming. Kristiane lives in London.

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