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From MTV to Mecca

How Islam Inspired My Life

Kristiane Backer


464 pages / Published: 2012


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In the early 1990s, Kristiane Backer was one of the very first presenters on MTV Europe. For some years she lived and breathed the international music scene, quickly gaining a cult following amongst viewers and becoming a darling of the European press. As she reached the pinnacle of her success, she realised that despite having all she could have wished for, she was never truly satisfied. Something very important was missing.

A fateful meeting with Pakistani cricket hero Imran Khan changed her life. He invited her to his country where she encountered a completely different world to the one she knew, the religion and culture of Islam. In place of pop and rock stars she was meeting men and women whose lives were dominated by the love of God and who cared very little for the brief glories of this world. She began to read the Quran and to study books about the faith. A few years later, after traveling more widely in the Islamic world and knowing that she had discovered her spiritual path, she embraced Islam in a London mosque. And then her real adventures began.

In this very personal memoir, Kristiane Backer tells the story of her conversion and explains how faith, despite the many challenges she faced, has given her inner peace and the meaning she sought.


Kristiane Backer




Kristiane Backer is a German television presenter, television journalist and author residing in London. At the age of 24 Kristiane became one of the leading presenters on MTV Europe where she interviewed many major artists and musicians of her time. She created her own youth show in Germany and presented a daily guide to culture and entertainment, ‘The Ticket NBC’ on NBC Europe. She presented a monthly travel show for Travel Channel in Germany and an interfaith show for Ebru TV. Kristiane was awarded Germany’s most prestigious TV award, the 'Golden Camera', for her television work.

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"Amazing Book"

2018-03-20 12:06:19

I really couldn't put this book down. It is actually rather sad in parts but extremely fascinating. I could really relate to the struggles she faced with the culture that many Muslims mistake for Islam. Her travels around the world really showed her lots of different ways Islam is interpreted. This book is not just for Muslims either, after my raving about it I already have a non Muslim friend who has ordered it.

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"One of my favourites"

2018-03-20 12:05:11

What a fabulous book! I am a revert to Islam of a similar age to her and grew up watching MTV and going to some of the concerts that she talks about in this book. I was really interested in what led her to Islam and made her decide to leave such a completely different way of life.

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2018-03-20 12:07:43

Kristiane Backer’s memoir From MTV To Mecca is a truly insightful, enjoyable and informative insight into the journey of a conversation to Islam. As I noted on my Twitter account, I hadn’t heard of sister Kristiane previously despite her fame working with MTV in the early 1990’s, but the book highlighted why many people in the entertainment industry, despite huge success, still feel an emptiness that professional success cannot fill. It also shows that having a small piece of open-mindedness in experiencing and getting to know other peoples cultures can also have benefits.

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"Can't fault this at all"

2018-03-20 12:10:11

I found myself so immersed to the spiritual journey of Ms. Backer, her book is kind of a living example that lead me to find out the God within ourselves. I felt ashamed of being Muslim but so left behind of seeking the true meaning of my faith. This book is truly an eye opener for to reactive my faith and living the life as Allah has created me to this world. Thank you Ms. Backer for letting us/ me know on how to find The Lord ! Exquisite Memoir.

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