The Road to Mecca

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The Road to Mecca – The Journey of Muhammad Asad

  • Thu 14 May 2009
  • 7:00PM

Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland GateLondon SW7 1PQ


T 020 7225 7300

F 020 7225 7300


Introduction by filmmaker Georg Misch.

Cineclub is pleased to present a documentary by Georg Misch following the political and religious journey of Muhammad Asad. In
the early 1920s Leopold Weiss (born 1900 in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire) converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. He first moved to the British Mandate of Palestine, later travelling through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan writing for the Frankfurter Zeitung. During WWII he was interned in India as an enemy alien. Following independence and partition in 1947 Asad was appointed Pakistani ambassador to the UN. He eventually moved to Spain where he lived in Granada until his death in 1992. Asad is remembered for his work as a mediator between the East and West and became one of the most influential Muslims of the 20th Century.