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Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East
Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East
by Fred Halliday
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work by an intelligent writer, 12 Aug. 2006
This collection of previously published essays by one of Britain's most original thinkers on the Middle East covers a wide range of topics, from the Iranian revolution to human rights in Islam. One of the best chapters deals with Orientalism and its critics, in which Halliday intelligently tackles both sides of this rather tiresome debate. Throughout, he upholds a belief in the value of approaching the Middle East with the normal standards of social science in mind; he treats it not as some exotic, unchanging terrain, but as a complex region that can be best understood by asking the right questions and looking hard enough for evidence. A breath of fresh air.
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The Real Greek at Home: Dishes from the Heart of the Greek Kitchen (Mitchell Beazley Food)
The Real Greek at Home: Dishes from the Heart of the Greek Kitchen (Mitchell Beazley Food)
by Theodore Kyriakou
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for anybody who enjoys food!, 15 Nov. 2005
Theodore Kyriakou's menus at The Real Greek and The Real Greek Souvlaki & Bar are inspired by dishes cooked in the homes of families in his Greek homeland; now he has taken this inspiration and, with co-writer Charles Campion, put it into his latest book.
On every page, recipes evoke the traditions of the Greek kitchen, warming the soul as well as the stomach. Dishes range from classics, such as dolmades and the sweet and sticky baklava, to the celebration lamb dishes prepared especially for Easter.
The style of dishes reflects the part of the country they hail from: simple fish dishes from the islands and more complex meat dishes from the cities.
Within the pages of this book, Theodore explores the varying influences that have shaped the all too often under-rated cuisine of Greece, and shares his passion and inspiration with us.


Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein
Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein
by Jean Sasson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy book - highly recommended, 5 Dec. 2003
Not since Adolf Hitlter has the world seen the diabolitc torture, and murder of so many human beings as controlled and ordered by Saddam Hussein and like-minding insane family. Through the talents of Jean Sasson, Mayada Al-Askari's promise to tell the world about her torture and that of the shadow women, and so many others, came true. While so much has been said about the alleged weapons of mass destruction one only has to read this book and learn that Hussein was a WMD. Millions of Iraq's now have hope for a democracy, free speech, and the ability to achieve things those of us in the free world take for granted. While no one likes war sometimes humans have to make great sacrifice to stop the murder and torture of millions of people. Jean Sasson has given an accurate account of Iraq's history and how such a demon could come to power and hold it for so long. Among Jean Sasson's great books this one may be the greatest contribution to mankind in understanding why the world must unit against such horror and continuing terrorism. I pray the shadow women left behind when Mayada was released also survived Saddam's torture chambers.


Inescapable Questions: Autobiographical Notes
Inescapable Questions: Autobiographical Notes
by Alija Ali Izetbegovic
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly moving - a great book, 20 Oct. 2003
'Inescapable Questions' captures the life and thoughts of an extraordinary man, an individual's lone resistance at a time when the violence of the new world order mutated and then mutilated humanity's innocence. When the world was only just awakening to the new order that might is right, a part of Europe was already plunged into a conflict of primeval dimensions, where "ethnic cleansing", the linguistically ambivalent phrase conveniently used in popular reportage, became a byword that sanitized the horrors of war.
The author, Alija Izetbegovic, who died in October 2003, was a hero of the Muslim resistance during the bloody siege of Sarajevo. He led his country to independence from communist Yugoslavia. Onetime stepfather of Bosnia, Richard Holbrooke, heaped praise on the ailing Muslim leader Izetbegovic as someone Bosnia "could not have existed without."
He was a devout Muslim who fought for the emancipation of his people within a multi-ethnic state, but never realised his dream of a reunified Bosnia.
Izetbegovic long advocated a state in which ethnic Muslims, Croats and Serbs would fully enjoy their national and religious rights, denied in former communist Yugoslavia. However, the nationalist urges of the Serbian population shattered this dream.


Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
Vile Bodies (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Evelyn Waugh
Edition: Paperback

3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - now adapted in new movie, 15 Oct. 2003
Bright Young Things is an adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh satirical novel Vile Bodies and has been a pet project of writer-director Stephen Fry for several years. The novel is far better than the film which was released in 2003.


Sahih al Bukhari: Early Years of Islam
Sahih al Bukhari: Early Years of Islam
by Muhammad ibn Isma'il Bukhari
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of Hadith, 10 Nov. 2002
Has long been a popular selection of Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and an excellent introduction to Hadith and their place in the religion of Islam. This is the authentic current edition from the legitimate publishers. Highly recommended.


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