The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing (Review)

This book was really good as a slightly-more-than-basic primer to Islam for non-Muslims.

What I really enjoyed was the breadth of topics that the author covered, and the no-nonsense, frank and honest way with which she talked about them. I was really taken in by the voice she used throughout the book, which was very similar to the way you’d talk to a neighbour or a friend.

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Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Review)

I grew up too late to be aware of the Riot Grrrl phenomenon – I was only 10 years old in 1995, and was also located in a small Canadian town, where feminist political movements weren’t exactly center-stage. In fact, I hadn’t heard about Riot Grrrl until this book came up in a publisher’s email. It looked interesting, though, and I went for it hoping that I would get a bit more knowledge about feminist history in the process.

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Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World (Review)

Covering Islam was originally published in 1981, and it really shows in Said’s focus throughout the book. Most of the examples are related to the Iran hostage crisis, including a rather large section using it as a case study. There is other emphasis on such events as the first Gulf war, and – seemingly added in to later editions – analysis of events up until the early-mid 1990s, but no later than that. Because of this, the book is a rather specific look at how Islam and the Muslim World were portrayed pre-9/11 and all of the other things that have gone on since then.

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