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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Price: 5.56

5.0 out of 5 stars very informative., 23 Jan 2014
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As a Muslim I always wondered why is the Vatican the centre of Christianity? And many other questions as well. This book answers all those questions and puts everything into perspective.


Inside the Kingdom
Inside the Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 28 Nov 2013
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A very well written book. It provides great information on the Saudi government, it's society and the religious establishment. The book is ver well written and in a very easy way explains the balance of power between the royals and the scholars and how this balance and interaction has characterised and shaped the Saudi society.


Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding
Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest analysis, 12 Nov 2013
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Mr. Haqqani has made a tremendous effort in explaining the history of US Pakistani relations. The problem is that the book will be read by very small minority in Pakistan and thus my not help change the thinking in ordinary Pakistanis. Like stated in this book ordinary people there are victims of a propaganda campaign conducted by ISI. For a change to take place the public opinion needs to change in Pakistan and therefore requires a way to get rid of the information black out and present an alternative world view. Time is of essence as Pakistan is slowly drifting into anarchy and it's government, military and ISI are too arrogant to acknowledge there mistakes and try to address them.


Honour, Heels and Headscarves: Real-Life Stories of Women from Istanbul
Honour, Heels and Headscarves: Real-Life Stories of Women from Istanbul
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice book, 21 Aug 2013
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A unique look into the life of Istanbul. I really liked the three different characters chosen by the author. One day when I will visit Istanbul, this book will definitely be in my mind.


The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism
The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 8 July 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. As a Muslim it was nice to read an account of the life of the prophet PBUH by a none Muslim author. The author has based most of the narration on logic.


The Power of Charm: How to Win Anyone Over in Any Situation
The Power of Charm: How to Win Anyone Over in Any Situation

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, 30 May 2013
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It may sound common sense, but when reading this book you critically evaluate your behaviour and find out that most of the common sense is missing and that is when the benefits of this book reveal themselves.


Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World
Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World
by Ashraf Ghani
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent frame work for the development of a fractured country., 6 Dec 2011
The author based on his experience reveals the important aspects necessary for the development of a fractured state. This book also explains the failures of the international community in establishing functioning states in post conflict societies such as Kosovo, Afghanistan etc. Highly recommended.


After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
by Lesley Hazleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 6 Dec 2011
Very informative, however I believe that the author has based their analysis mainly on Shia literature. This point is based upon the account presented by the author with regard to Hazrat Aisha (RTA) in her old age. Shia literature discredit all accounts of the life of Holy Prophet (PBUH)as accounted by Hazrat Aisha (RTA) this is based upon the political differences between her and Hazrat Ali (RTA). The author does mention that Hazrat Ali (RTA) urged all Muslims to respect Hazrat Aisha (RTA) but it seems that Shias have totally ignored this command of Hazrat Ali (RTA). When the author mentions that she would alter her narrations of the accounts of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to her benefit is a reflection of Shia literature in the book. It is true that Hazrat Aisha(RTA) made political mistakes resulting in a war, but looking at a bigger picture one can easily understand her perspective of the situation. Her love for her husband and Islam cannot be questioned therefore the fact that she would alter the accounts of her life with her husband is baseless and should have been investigated further by the author to present a much balanced view. Over all when read with an open mind is an excellent book and highly interesting. I managed to finish it in two days only.
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War, Coups and Terror: Pakistan's Army in Years of Turmoil
War, Coups and Terror: Pakistan's Army in Years of Turmoil
by Brian Cloughley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Biased Book, 6 Dec 2011
This is an excellent analysis of Pakistan army and its role in the country. However it doesn't make justice with its title. The book sounds like listening to a Pakistani Army general. I was expecting to understand the secret behind the support for terrorism in Pakistan Army however this line of analysis is not present in this book. It only place blame on Coalition forces and American war on terror as the root cause of all the troubles in the area. The book starts in a positive way and displays the lack of nationhood in Pakistan where there are immense differences between people of different ethnicities and this has resulted in failing to mould these people into a single nation. After the fall of Bangladesh there is a paranoia in Pakistan army of loosing Baluchistan as another independent state and the Pashton areas to Afghanistan. Pashtons on both side of the border doesn't recognise the border between the two countries. This paranoia has resulted in Pakistan army harbouring terrorists and using them to destabilise Afghanistan and create problems for India in Kashmir. This is an important fact on the ground and by ignoring this important aspect of the issue the author has discarded any such analysis from the whole issue, resulting in a confusing situation.


Raising My Voice: The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out
Raising My Voice: The Extraordinary Story of the Afghan Woman Who Dares to Speak Out
by Malalai Joya
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.84

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book., 29 Aug 2009
This book offer a great insight into the life and mind of Malalai. However being an Afghan myself I would stress upon the point that some of Malalai's policies towards religion are not quite popular amongst ordinary Afghan women. However this shows that due to her young age and her lack of exposure to information due to her presence in Afghanistan can be a major factor behind this. In general it provides a true picture of young Afghans going through the occupation, the troubles of refugee camps and the feelings of these people towards those warlords who are once again ruling and not giving chance to the new generation to come forward and control their destiny.
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