Guest Reviews: The Jewel of Medina & The Sword of Medina
guest posts , guest reviews , reviews / September 1, 2010

Today, I’m featuring a lovely book blogger, Heather from Raging Bibliomania. Here’s a little bit about her blog, in Heather’s own words: My blog is called Raging Bibilomania and I review just about every type of book that I can think of! I really enjoy historical fiction, literary fiction, and fiction that focuses on cultures around the world. I do also review some non-fiction and history books as well. I am an avid lover of books and reading, and lucky to be living in a house that is full of readers as well! Even though the following reviews are a bit long, I’ve chosen to keep them together since the books “go together” in terms of the timeline and the characters. I’ve heard of these books but never gotten around to reading them myself, so I’m happy to have Heather introduce me (and you) to them in more depth! Title: The Jewel of Medina Author: Sherry Jones Pages: 432 Published: 2008 Genre: Historical Fiction A’isha bint Abi Bakr has known the prophet Muhammad all her life; in fact, he was present at her birth. When her father, a close ally to Muhammad, decides to cement his loyalty and friendship to…

Guest Post: What Part of “Love One Another” Don’t We Understand?
guest posts , thoughts / August 30, 2010

Today, I’m featuring a post written by an American author whose books caused quite a stir when they were published. Here’s a brief introduction in her own words: Sherry Jones is an author and journalist living in Spokane, Washington. She is at work on a new historical novel about four sisters who all became queens in  thirteenth-century Europe. Visit her website or find her on Facebook. I also asked Sherry to suggest some books for non-Muslims to read. You can find these recommendations at the end of her guest post. Make sure you stay tuned later this week, as I’m going to be featuring guest reviews on Wednesday of her books Jewel of Medina and Sword of Medina! Muslims propose  a  community center and mosque near the former World Trade Center, and what happens in our so-called Christian country? With “God is love” as our central tenet, do we reach across cultures and religions and try to heal the psychic wounds caused by al-Qaeda’s attacks on Sept. 11, 2001? Do we strive to understand one another, and how terrorism hurts everyone irrespective of religious faith? Do we forgive, and seek forgiveness? We’ve seen some of that, sure – for example,…

Guest Post: Indonesia and Islam
guest posts , thoughts / August 22, 2010

Today, I’m featuring a post written by a very special blogger. Here’s a brief introduction in her own words: Amanda is an Australian blogger, anthropologist, writer and adventurer who lives in the Australian Outback. Her blog, Desert Book Chick, offers resources for book bloggers, articles on book culture and an eclectic selection of book reviews. She has a monthly newsletter and has recently started a podcast. Right now, she’s also doing a theme month, about reading the classics. If you haven’t already, check Amanda’s blog out! Like many Australians, I visit Indonesia every year – it’s only two and a half hour’s plane flight from Darwin (in Australia’s north) to Bali. However in 1996, I was a university student in Yogyakarta (pronounced JOG-ja-karta) in Central Java for a semester during Ramadan. In this post, I’m going to introduce you to Islam in Indonesia, share my experiences as a westerner living in Java during Ramadan, and point you in the direction of two well known Indonesian writers whose books are available in English. For many Australians, a trip to Indonesia is the equivalent of Americans going to Costa Rica or Mexico. I suspect, however, that many people don’t know much about…