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Liz Engle, a young British journalist covering the war in Afghanistan, is taken hostage by jihadists but finds an unlikely rescuer in one of her captors, Ahmed Quraishi, a twenty-two-year-old desperate to escape the horrors of what he’s done at the behest of his mentor. THE JIHAD OF LOVE, my completed 95,000-word novel, tells their story.

Liz’s self-designed special assignment is to investigate the fate of the children in the war-torn country. She teams up with three experienced American journalists for safety, but they’re attacked on the road, and the American’s are killed. Now hostage in a bunker complex deep in the desert, Liz learns that Ahmed lived the kind of childhood she wants to write about. Haunted by the stoning of a gay teenager in which he was forced to participate, and sickened by the atmosphere of hatred and intolerance that led to it, Ahmed escapes with Liz and falls in love with her. Together they journey to his childhood home in Peshawar, Pakistan, avoiding all combatants, wanting only to be together. Along the way they encounter the people of the country, who are caught between two militaries, trapped in poverty and scarcity, but thriving in spirit nonetheless.

Their romance deepens along the way, and they finally settle into a home and plan to marry. But as their plans are about to come to fruition, British soldiers storm their house, believing that they’re rescuing Liz and capturing Ahmed, a wanted terrorist. After being spirited back to the UK, Liz tries desperately to locate Ahmed and convince authorities that he’s guilty of nothing.

I am Pakistani, but was raised in the Northwestern US. I’m an actor and model, very comfortable in front of people, and eager to use my skills to market my book. My website, which features my acting, modeling, and book, can be found at Though this is my first novel, I’ve worked with a writing coach to make it the best it can be. Sample chapters, and/or the entire manuscript, are available at your request. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Arslan Ali

Sample Writing THE JIHAD OF LOVE By Arslan Ali

March 30, 2003

Liz Engel zipped up the larger suitcase and strained to drag it off the bed. Its wheels thudded onto the wooden floor of her small London flat, then hummed as she rolled it out of the bedroom and to the front door. Running back into the bedroom she grabbed a black hair band off her dresser and gathered a dirty blond ponytail. It was time to get into combat mode. She had to be on the road in fifteen minutes and her other bags were still only half packed.

She snatched her journal off the corner of the bed, turned, and sat down with it on her lap. It was her constant companion, the kind, nonjudgmental listener with whom she shared the big dreams she wanted to carry into the world and the small thoughts she’d never whisper to anyone else. At that moment she wanted, more than anything, to forget about her panic and take refuge in that book.




Arslan Ali

LOGLINE: When a British journalist held hostage by Afghan terrorists falls in love with one of her captors, the two must escape both their present circumstances and their personal histories in order to build a new life together.

Actor, Model, Writer Of Middle-Eastern Descent.The Jihad Of Love: Love story between Elizabeth, a British Journalist. And a Young Pakistani Terrorist by the name of Ahmed 1.) Book 2.) Movie 3.) Lead Role as Ahmed the Terrorist

-Arslan Ali



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