“Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an (Review)

This book has taken me longer to read than expected, and I’m finding it really hard to decide how to write about it.

Barlas approaches this book as an academic thesis, giving a lot of historical background and really differentiating between the texts (Qur’an, hadith, Sunnah), exegesis, and language/translation issues.

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The Yacoubian Building (Review)

This book was the first Arabic novel that I ever read, a few years ago, immediately after I watched the film version with my partner. I loved it then, and now that I know more about the culture and some of the issues that come up in the story, I loved it even more the second time around.

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Islam: A Short History (Review)

If you’re looking for a brief overview of the history of Islam and Islamic society, this is definitely a good place to start.

Islam: A Short History is exactly what it purports to be: a very short, very condensed version of the history of Islam. Specifically, Armstrong has written an account of the political and historical aspects of Islam, from Muhammad’s life in Mecca and Medina, to the expansion of Islamic rule in Arabia, to the Crusades, and on to more recent developments such as the colonization of many Muslim countries by European nations.

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