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In Truth, Madness is the fictional story of a correspondent driven to despair by the Middle East and South Asia. A reporter strives to find the truth. The more truth they find, the more maddening the world becomes

Meet Malek Khalil. In his mid-40s, Malek is a brilliant reporter with decades of experience in the field. If there has been a war, natural disaster or political crisis, Malek has been there and will be there. But the years of conflict reporting have taken their toll and Malek is slowly unravelling. His colleagues, Neeka and Justin, have noticed a change in him. Neeka should know, she has been his producer for decades and knows him better than he knows himself. Justin the cameraman has shot his material for just as long. Together they make a formidable team. But they are only as strong as each other - and Malek is fast going down the rabbit hole. Born a Muslim but an atheist to his core, Malek undertakes a voyage that takes him around the world and back in time to ancient Babylon as he finds himself arguing with a God in whom he doesn't believe.

Having kickstarted his career in the heady world of 1990s independent magazine publishing with work on Dazed and Confused, and launching seminal style title 2nd Generation, Imran Khan jumped into the mainstream with BBC London - hosting radio shows on popular culture, arts and news as the millennium approached. Despite having a face for radio, in 2001 he produced a series of short documentaries for BBC Newsnight, Britain’s leading current affairs programme. His work was noticed in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks and Channel 4 commissioned the award-winning film "The Hidden Jihad", which he wrote and presented. Imran subsequently moved full-time into TV news, working as a BBC producer and correspondent reporting from Lebanon, London and Qatar, with freelance stints in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He became a correspondent for Al Jazeera English in 2005 and is known for his extensive reporting from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Libya, as well covering the Arab Spring and the conflict in Syria.  He continues to work as a correspondent for Al Jazeera English, dividing his time between the Middle East, South Asia and London.

Welcome! Welcome, dear Malek! You are an honoured guest and welcome visitor to these humble pages. For thousands of years we have kept a record of the events of our times. On papyrus, clay, print, film, video and now in gigabytes. We are The Order of the Gatherers of Truths. Our job, Malek, is to keep the stories of the souls that walk this earth, to keep them safe for the day when judgement will pass. But before judgement can be passed this book shall test you and ask you to decide who gets to go to heaven and to the other place. Now, our Order used to be quite secretive, quite secretive indeed. Heaven forbid a soul should find our books, should find these tales on which so much depends. But an edict from upstairs has changed that. She has decided that humans have spilt far too much blood not understanding the basic tenets of faith. So, in your hands you hold a book containing some tales. The concept is simple. From the tale you read, can you see into a person’s soul, and can you decide whether that soul goes’ to heaven and hell? The tale is a study of character, if you will. What follows are tales of women and men, of love and loss, collected through the ages and from all of the corners of this great earth. Only one common thread links them; the tales come from the places you have trodden, and the people you have met, Malek. A stranger’s study you shall not read within these pages, although the study may well be of people who entered your life briefly, but however briefly they may have been in your presence, they left an imprint.  


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10 percent of your pledges will be given to INARA.ORG. Here is why. I remember that day. The year was 2006, and I was in Pakistan’s northwest reporting for Al Jazeera English on yet another influx of Afghan refugees into the country. There from a distance I saw a child. As the other children played around her, she sat listlessly in the shadows of a tent. She didn't move or show any emotion.…

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