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Life in the UK Citizenship Test (PC CD)
Life in the UK Citizenship Test (PC CD)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 Dec 2011
This product helped my wife pass the test first time. It gives comprehensive preparation from all angles and allows one to tailor the preparation to weak areas on the test. This is the single most useful resource out there and I would encourage all who are taking the test to purchase this.


Making Sense of Grammar
Making Sense of Grammar
by Prof David Crystal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.39

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Meanings of Grammar, 13 Mar 2011
This is a very useful book indeed. It builds on its sister volume (Rediscover Grammar) by providing an explanation of style and usage for grammatical items. The two books are complimentary. 'Rediscover Grammar' provides the basic explanation, whereas 'Making Sense of Grammar' shows how grammar relates to semantics and pragmatics. I haven't encountered any other book that does this, let alone so well. David Crystal believes that this approach (linking grammar with semantics and pragmatics) is the future. I completely agree.


The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate
The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate
by Wilferd Madelung
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other View, 18 Nov 2010
This work is explosive and a mine of historical information. History is about perspectives and what is presented here is not the standard Sunni view of the troubled succession period. Most Muslims are troubled by this period and its events and so don't look into it at all. For Sunnis the period and its protagonists have religious significance and so what is available usually is somewhat white washed or uncomfortable. This book provides the latter in a scholarly and well-researched portrayal.


The Attributes of God: Daf' Shubah Al-Tashbih Bi-Akaff Al-Tanzih
The Attributes of God: Daf' Shubah Al-Tashbih Bi-Akaff Al-Tanzih
by Abd Al-Rahman Ibn Al-Jawzi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, 18 Feb 2010
This translation actually has a lot more to it than I initially expected. It has two very useful introductions by Khalid Blankinship and Abdullah b. Hamid Ali and some excellent appendices at the end. The translation is very good and reflects Abdullah b. Hamid Ali's skill in this area. Far too often these days key Islamic texts are translated by self-taught charlatans or orientalists who don't live the reality of which they speak. The translator here is true scholar who seems to be coming of age these days.


Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife: Book XL of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din): The Revival of the ... (The Islamic Texts Society's Ghazali Series)
Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife: Book XL of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din): The Revival of the ... (The Islamic Texts Society's Ghazali Series)
by Abu Hamid Muhammad Ghazali
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.27

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Road to Reality, 18 Feb 2010
Shaykh 'Abd al-Hakim Murad has rendered Imam al-Ghazali's climatic end to the Ihya in spectacular fashion. His translation is, quite simply, fantastic. The opening khutbah is one of the finest pieces in world literature and it is beautifully translated by Murad. I will keep it short and simply say: You have to read this book before you die. No pun intended.


The Garden of the Gnostics: Bustan Al-Arifeen
The Garden of the Gnostics: Bustan Al-Arifeen
by Abu Zakariya Yahya ibn Sharaf Nawawi
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incomplete masterpiece, 13 Feb 2010
This is an incomplete book that al-Nawawi intended to be a detailed book on the path to the hereafter. However tha author died aged 45 before he could complete it. And to Allah we all shall return. It has elements quite similar to his 'al-Arba'in' and 'Riyadh al-Salihin', both well-known classic works, and adds to the hadith some comments by the great imams and sufis of Islam, including many quotes from al-Qushayri's Risalah. One wonders at how this book would have been if he completed it. It would have been one of the undisputed classics of Ihsan. As our teacher Shaykh Sulayman told us he left behind books that would take others 200 years to compile. But if is the word of Shaytan and Allah in His infinite wisdom took him away in his 40s. What al-Nawawi did manage to write before his death, with Allah's assistance, were perhaps the most important foundational principles: sincerity, truthfulness, and intention. He also adds some miracles of the Awliya. I highly recommend this gem of a book and know that there aren't many copies in print or circulation. Hurry before it becomes out of print. I may add that Aisha Bewley is a fantastic translator but there are a few minor typos in this text.


The Book of Assistance
The Book of Assistance
by Abdallah Ibn Alawi Al-Haddad
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.60

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great foundational text on Islamic spirituality, 10 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Book of Assistance (Paperback)
This book is highly recommended and covers the practical steps towards getting closer to Allah. The author did a great service to the Muslims by writing such a useful book, may Allah be pleased with him and his fathers and children. It covers the basic practices one must take on, by spiritual struggle, in a clear and concise manner, as was the style of Imam al-Haddad. The translation is eloquent and fairly accurate, giving a good feel for the Arabic original. It is an essential book for any English speaking Muslim.


Al-Ghazali's Faith in Divine Unity and Trust in Divine Providence (The Revival of the Religious Sciences, Book 35)
Al-Ghazali's Faith in Divine Unity and Trust in Divine Providence (The Revival of the Religious Sciences, Book 35)
by Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al- Ghazali
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.02

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather weak translation of a vital part of the Ihya, 10 Feb 2010
This translation often confuses what are straighforward points in the Arabic original. It seems the translator is not strong in his Arabic and this can be seen in how the text has been translated. It is a shame really as Fons Vitae have produced many great translations before. The translator should be applauded though for undertaking this task and allowing an English speaking audience the chance to glimpse this classic section of the Ihya. It is my hope that the Islamic Texts Society commission Yahya Rhodus for this text and others, even though Timothy Winter asked Burrell to translate this.


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