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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 12 Feb. 2014
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Islam: Faith, Art, Culture
Islam: Faith, Art, Culture
by Elaine Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, 16 Nov. 2013
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The Chester Beatty library is a world-famous collection of historic manuscripts, with an especially fine portfolio from the Islamic world. It deserves its fame - I did not realise how good the collection was, until I got this book. The book is a fine achievement in itself; using the Islamic manuscript collection as a basis for an explanation of Islam's faith and culture is a nice idea, and the idea is very well-executed. But what really makes the book a perfect gem are the glorious pictures of some of the truly magnificent illuminated works from the CBL.


Delhi's Red Fort by the Yamuna
Delhi's Red Fort by the Yamuna
by N.L. Batra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, but spoiled by mention of the INA, 2 Nov. 2011
This is a very interesting book, full of wonderful photos and lots of interesting information about the amazing Red Fort. However, I note that the book devotes significant space to the military tribunals against the INA - who were the Indian nationalist extremists prepared to join with Japan and Germany in the Second World War. This seems a disappointing deviation from the main subject of the book; and more so since the author is sympathetic to the INA, while to me the INA's agenda seems deeply misguided. Nevertheless, the book is very worthwhile for all the fascinating information it has about the Red Fort.


Jama Masjid: Call of the Soul
Jama Masjid: Call of the Soul
by N.L. Batra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 21 Sept. 2011
I was very impressed by this book. The Jama Masjid is the world's finest mosque, an amazing monument, and, as this book demonstrates, an echo of a bygone age. The book is full of fascinating information about mosque, its past and present and its remarkable architectural achievement; the book also conveys well the vibrant urban culture that thrives in the shadow of the mosque. There are many fine photographs, though a few of the interior are of a disappointing quality. It is also touching to see N L Batra's evident devotion to the mosque, though I understand that the author is not a Muslim. The book is inspiring in many ways, at once.


Twilight in Delhi (New Directions Paperbook)
Twilight in Delhi (New Directions Paperbook)
by Ahmed Ali
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.17

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 7 Oct. 2008
A superb book! Dalrymple's latest book, 'The Last Moghul' tells us a lot about the end of Muslim rule in India, but this work conveys the pathos of the failed Mughals and Muslims much more effectively. Also by allowing the reader into the doggering, but still proud, Muslim aristocracy this book led me to understand why the partition (for which I had no empathy, till now) was a necessary evil. In its own way this book teaches at least as much as Dalrymple's. It is indeed a beautifully written book about a fascinating and important subject.


Introduction to Metric and Topological Spaces
Introduction to Metric and Topological Spaces
by W. A. Sutherland
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy to follow, 30 April 2007
This is an excellent introduction to basic analytic topology and metric spaces. The fundamental concepts are clearly presented and the theory is developed so that it is easy to follow; but the book is also concise and compact (not topologically, I think!!).

I doubt that you could find a better starting place if you want to learn about metric spaces or basic analytic topology.


Islam and the Destiny of Man
Islam and the Destiny of Man
by Charles Le Gai Eaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, comprehensive and illuminating introduction to Islam, 8 April 2007
I first met Mr Eaton, a wonderful man, at our University Islamic Society, back in 1988! His talk impressed me more than any of the others, during all my student days. Likewise, this book, and the others by Mr Eaton, were tremendously influential in introducing me to aspects of the Islamic tradition, and religion more generally, that I knew almost nothing about before reading his work. This book, and his others, are beautifully written - there is real poetic force in all his writings, including this book; and he presents so much, so well. Here, Mr Eaton provides a comprehensive overview of the entire Islamic tradition, explaining much about Islam that people growing up in historically Muslim communities have either forgotten, or lost interest in. He provides a compelling introduction to Islamic spirituality, theology, history and culture. While this sounds too much for one work, the crucial achievement, for which Mr Eaton deserves substantial credit, is showing how these various dimensions of Islamic civilisation are in fact facets of a coherent, compelling and beautiful whole.


King of the Castle. Choice and Responsibility in the Modern World
King of the Castle. Choice and Responsibility in the Modern World
by Charles Le Gai Eaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a powerful and poetic meditation on life and faith, 4 April 2007
This has to be one of the most amazing meditations on the proverbial 'meaning of life' ever written. Amazing because it is so beautifully poetic and so spiritually moving and fulfulling. This book (as you may guess!) had a major impact on my life. Its wonderful deconstruction, based on religious principles, of the fallacies and illusions of the modern world is delivered with such poetic and imaginative force, that it knocked me over. And it is not just saying what is wrong with our deeply secular world, it provides a moving reminder of who we really are, and why we are here.

You may disagree with so much of what he says, but you should still read, enjoy and reflect on what Eaton says. Compared with Gai Eaton, Thoreau seems a child before a true sage.


The Complete Taj Mahal: and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra
The Complete Taj Mahal: and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra
by Ebba Koch
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but also sad, 29 Mar. 2007
This is a wonderful book! Both for some one with a casual interest in the wonderful culture of the Mughals, and also for the more serious student and scholar of the world of the Great Mughals. The book is full of fascinating discriptions of the amazing garden city of Agra, and of course of the Taj Mahal. It also contains many beautiful photographs and illustrations: especially beautiful was the drawing, or photo, of the top of the cenotaph (of the queen Mumtaz Mahal, I think). Possibly the book could have had more illustrations, but only so much in one book! The book is also rather sad because so much of this amazing world has vanished, with almost no trace.


An Introduction to English Poetry
An Introduction to English Poetry
by James Fenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to English peotry, 23 Jan. 2004
A brilliant book! The 22 loosely connected essays, that form the chapters of this book, are enjoyable and easy to read, but instructive and illuminating at the same time. An accomplised poet, James Fenton clearly understands both the technicalities and the aesthetics of English poetry very well. And in this book I think he does a fine job of communicating both, with a light smattering of his, obviously extensive, erudition.

After reading this book I understand not simply what metre is, and what some of the metrical techniques are, but I also understand how to appreciate metre much better, and how metre contributes to the overall poetic achievement. And that is what I liked. But what is particularly impressive is that this knowledge and understanding is communicated by a series of short and simple essays, which are the book chapters. You can read and learn something worthwhile in ten minutes - or perhaps even less.

Too often in studies of literature a reader can feel oppressed by the erudition of the writer; but not here. James Fenton uses his knowledge of poetry well, it helps him to instruct, and it inspires our apprecation of the peotic concept and of the quoted poet. Perhaps the best example of this is his quote from Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel. I had barely heard of Dryden, but after reading the chapter that quotes Absalom and Achitophel I am left thinking, "I want to read that poem, and more Dryden."

In short if you want to learn about English poetry and be better able to appreciate it, then read this book.


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