So Vast the Prison: A Novel

By Assia Djebar

So giant the criminal is the double-threaded tale of a latest, trained Algerian lady present in a man's society, and, no longer unusually, dwelling a lifetime of contradictions. Djebar, too, tackles cross-cultural concerns simply by writing in French of an Arab society (the genuine act of writing contrasting with the robust oral traditions of the indigenous culture), as a girl who has noticeable revolution in a now post-colonial state, and as an Algerian residing in exile.
In this new novel, Djebar brilliantly performs those contradictions opposed to the bloody historical past of Carthage, a superb civilization the Berbers have been as soon as in comparison to, and makes it either a tribute to the lack of Berber tradition and a meeting-point of tradition and language. because the tale of 1 woman's adventure in Algeria, it's a inner most story, yet one embedded in an unlimited history.
A considerably singular voice on this planet of literature, Assia Djebar's paintings finally reaches past the details of Algeria to embody, in stark but sensuous language, the common subject matters of violence, intimacy, ostracism, victimization, and exile.

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Things I've Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter

By Azar Nafisi

During this gorgeous own tale of starting to be up in Iran, Azar Nafisi stocks her thoughts of residing in thrall to a robust and intricate mom opposed to the backdrop of a country’s political revolution. A girl’s ache over kin secrets and techniques, a tender woman’s discovery of the facility of sensuality in literature, the fee a kin will pay for freedom in a rustic beset by way of upheaval—these and different threads are woven jointly during this attractive memoir as a talented storyteller once more transforms the way in which we see the area and “reminds us of why we learn within the first position” (Newsday).


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If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

By Carla Power

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • nationwide booklet AWARD FINALIST • Named A most sensible publication of the 12 months via The Washington publish and The Denver Post • Praised by way of Fareed Zakaria as “intelligent, compassionate, and revealing,” a strong trip to aid bridge one of many maximum divides shaping our international today.

If the Oceans have been Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening tale of the way she and her longtime buddy Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi chanced on the way to confront grotesque stereotypes and chronic misperceptions that have been cleaving their groups. Their friendship-between a mundane American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had constantly appeared not going, yet now they have been pissed off and bewildered by way of the battles being fought of their names. either knew shut examine the Quran might show a religion that preached peace and never mass homicide; appreciate for girls and never oppression. they usually launched into a yearlong trip in the course of the arguable text.

A journalist who grew up within the Midwest and the center East, energy deals her certain vantage element at the Quran's such a lot provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, kin gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations full of either reliable humor and strong insights. Their tale takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage websites in Mecca, as they come across politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative students. Armed with a brand new realizing of every other's worldviews, energy and Akram provide eye-opening views, spoil long-held myths, and demonstrate startling connections among worlds that experience appeared hopelessly divided for much too long.

Praise for If the Oceans have been Ink

“A vivid story of a friendship.... If the Oceans have been Ink is a welcome and nuanced examine Islam [and] is going far towards struggling with the dehumanizing stereotypes of Muslims which are all too common…. If the Oceans have been Ink can be obligatory examining for the fifty two percentage of usa citizens who admit not to figuring out sufficient approximately Muslims.”―The Washington Post

“Journalist energy writes approximately her yr learning the Quran with a Muslim student she befriended whereas operating at a imagine tank in London. For a few, this can be a robust creation to Islam. To others, it really is fodder for dialogue at the Sheikh's perspectives, how Westerners (such as energy) interpret these perspectives and the interaction of tradition and religion.” The Denver submit

“For all those that ask yourself what Islam says approximately struggle and peace, women and men, Jews and gentiles, this can be the publication to learn. it's a dialog between well-meaning friends―intelligent, compassionate, and revealing―the variety that should be happening round the world.”―Fareed Zakaria, writer of The Post-American World

“Carla Power’s intimate portrait of the Quran, informed with nuance and nice splendor, captures the intense, residing debate over the Muslim holy book’s very essence. A lively, compelling read.”―Azadeh Moaveni, writer of Lipstick Jihad

“An inspiring tale of 2 [people] from diverse worlds who refuse to enable non secular and cultural variations, prejudice, and lack of know-how get in the best way in their friendship, If the Oceans have been Ink is as thought-provoking because it is elegantly written. It takes a tough, hugely charged subject and places it into phrases that aren't in basic terms comprehensible and eye-opening, yet beautiful.”―Bustle (11 fantastically Written Memoirs by way of Women)

“Unique, masterful, and deeply attractive. Carla strength takes the reader on a rare trip in interfaith realizing as she debates and discovers the Quran’s message, which means, and values on peace and violence, gender and veiling, spiritual pluralism and tolerance.”―John L. Esposito, collage Professor and Professor of Islamic reviews, Georgetown collage, and writer of The way forward for Islam

“A considerate, provocative, clever book.”―Diana Abu-Jaber, writer of Birds Of Paradise and The Language of Baklava

With a journalist’s brain for the tale, a born traveler’s middle for the journey of crossing borders, and a seeker’s yen for the poetry and mysticism of trust, strength creates a superb list of a undying quest.”―Merritt Tierce, a countrywide ebook starting place “5 less than 35” honoree and writer of Love Me Back

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THE 12 DAYS OF MUHARRAM

By Sakina Hasan Askari - XKP

Learn approximately Karbala and the Day of Ashoor. you'll learn what occurred at the first 12 days of Muharram. it is possible for you to to learn a majlis for every of the martyrs. learn the way Imam Hussain (AS) sacrificed his sons his family members and his partners to save lots of the message of Islam.

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Islam, Dialogue and Civil Society

By Sayyid Mohammad Khatami - XKP

This booklet has major matters. One is discussion between Civilizations; the opposite is Civil Society. by way of discussion between Civilizations, President Khatami highlights the importance of tradition in diplomacy as a brand new paradigm. Such an method delineates how civilizations can have interaction in fruitful discussion with each other, instead of negating or being absorbed via each one other.

The different major subject is Civil Society. It has features. One is the sensible point, that's, how Iranian society can materialize the beliefs of civil society in its political and social affairs by way of increasing citizenship rights and public participation. the opposite element is the theoretical one, studying how Islam is suitable with notions of freedom, rationality, improvement and human rights.

Published through: the root for the Revival of Islamic historical past, Karachi, Pakistan

In Co-Operation with The Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Karachi Al-Islam.org

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The life of Imam Zayn al Abidin (as)

By Ayatullah Baqir Sharif Al Qarashi - XKP

n the heritage of this East, the candle of the Prophetic missions, there has been nobody like Imām Zayn al-‘Ābidin, peace be on him, in piety, devotion and excessive turning to Allah in repentance other than his grandfather, who illuminated the highbrow existence with the sunshine of monotheism and actual belief.

The lifetime of this nice Imām has given an account of the lives of the prophets and the messengers. He used to be just like them in all their characteristics and traits. consequently he was once like Jesus Christ in his asceticism and his turning to Allah in repentance. He used to be like prophet activity in his tribulation and his endurance. He used to be just like prophet Mohammed, might Allah bless him and his kin, in his real solution and his sturdy manners. His sturdy traits and his religious talents are unlimited. within the heritage of this global, it really is adequate for him that simply he has been referred to as Zayn al -‘Ābidin. This nick-name has been no longer given to anybody other than him.

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Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam

By Mark LeVine

“We play heavy steel simply because our lives are heavy metal.”
—Reda Zine, one of many founders of the Moroccan heavy-metal scene

“Music is the weapon of the future.”
—Fela Kuti

An eighteen-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A twenty-two-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip. a tender Lebanese singer who rates Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” they're as consultant of the area of Islam this present day because the conservatives and extremists we see each evening at the information. Heavy steel, punk, hip-hop, and reggae are every one the track of protest, and in lots of situations thought of immoral within the Muslim global. This track can also develop into the soundtrack of a revolution unfolding throughout that global.

Why, regardless of governmental makes an attempt to regulate and censor them, do those musicians and enthusiasts continue enjoying and listening? in part, in fact, for the enjoyment of self-expression, but in addition simply because, during this quarter, every little thing is political. In Heavy steel Islam, Mark LeVine explores the impact of Western song at the center East via interviews with musicians and lovers, introducing us younger Muslims suffering to reconcile their faith with a fondness for tune and a wish for switch. the result's a revealing journey of latest Islamic tradition throughout the evolving tune scene within the heart East and northern Africa. Heavy steel Islam is a shocking, wildly enjoyable foray right into a traditionally authoritarian area the place tune simply can be the real democratizing strength.

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