Retired Lakewood physician Mahmood Sarram has published his biography, Transplanted: A Memoir of Faith and Vision for American Muslims. It is the story of an 18-year-old Iranian boy thrust into a new and strange world in search of a Western education. He returns home after 13 years and becomes a leader in the academic and medical community, working to foster progress.
Transplanted is the personal testimony of a man who has succeeded in life on both sides of the cultural line and sees clearly that Islam is compatible with modernity and western civilization. It is the wisdom of a man who passionately wants to share his insights with those, both Muslims and non-Muslims, who wonder about these issues. And it is a call to future generations of Muslims in America and Europe not to lose their heritage, but to have the courage to explore it, understand it, cherish it, preserve it, and draw from it inspirations and ideas that they can contribute to the betterment of their adopted homeland.
Dr. Sarram was born to a poor family in Isfahan, Iran, and grew up in Tehran. A highly intelligent boy, he won a government-sponsored scholarship to study medicine at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and subsequently fulfilled a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago.
After returning to Iran, he practiced medicine and taught at the Universities of Shiraz and Isfahan, where he also published articles and helped start family planning programs. Dr. Sarram rose to become Vice-Dean of the Medical School at the University of Isfahan. At first optimistic about the Islamic Revolution of 1979, he ultimately became frustrated and disillusioned by cultural problems and political obstacles to his work and left Iran in 1983 for a position with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Bangladesh. Later he emigrated to the U.S. and entered private practice in Washington State.
In 1988, Dr. Sarram founded the American Moslem Foundation (AMF) to foster understanding of Islam among Americans and to educate American Muslim children about their cultural and religious heritage. He is also the founder of the House of Mercy Cemetery, a Muslim cemetery, and has plans for developing an Islamic theological school. He is widely read in the literature of Islam, among many other subjects.
Transplanted draws from Dr. Sarram‚Äôs rich life experiences and his deep understanding of history, culture, and human nature. His account of his youthful experiences abroad and the course of the Islamic Revolution are particularly insightful.
The book is available online from Amazon or direct from the publisher, Amana Publications, 10710 Tucker Street, Beltsville, MD 20705. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ‚Ä¢ www.amana-publications.com. The228-page paperback book sells for $15.95.