If “Tripping with Allah” is a road book, it’s a road book in the tradition of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” rather than “On the Road.” Amazonian shamanism meets Christianity meets West African religion meets Islam in this work of reflection and inward adventure. Knight, the “Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature” seeks reconciliation between his Muslim identity and his drinking of ayahuasca, a psychedelic tea that has been used in the Amazon for centuries. His experience becomes an opportunity to investigate complex issues of drugs, religion, and modernity.
Though essential for readers interested in Islam or the growing popularity of ayahuasca, this book is truly about neither Islam nor ayahuasca. Tripping with Allah provides an accessible look into the construction of religion, the often artificial borders dividing these constructions, and the ways in which religion might change in an increasingly globalized world.
Finally, “Tripping with Allah” not only explores Islam and drugs, but also Knight’s own process of creativity and discovery.
...Knight, who has been called ’the Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature,’ never loses his authenticity, whether he is discussing religion, sex, or drug use.