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Logic3 Valve 80 Hybrid Vacuum iPod Dock Amplifier with Remote Control
Logic3 Valve 80 Hybrid Vacuum iPod Dock Amplifier with Remote Control

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good sound but...., 24 Nov 2009
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I got this yesterday and I was so excited that I put the battery in the remote the wrong way round and it did not work after that. I think the remote has very poor build quality. Sending it back to Amazon would have been a big hassle as it does not have a slot for sending back part of the purchased item. If I had bought it from a shop I might have had a replacement probably.
This product will not function fully without the remote.


The Alchemy of Happiness
The Alchemy of Happiness
by Ghazzālī
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.93

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a new translation, 19 April 2009
Maybe it is time for a new translation of this book. Claud Field translated this from Hindustani, such a long time ago. The transliteration of Ghazali as Ghazzali shows that he does not understand the etymology of the name even.

I read some chapters in Persian and compared them to Field's translation the other day and what are quite weird and other-worldy passages worthy of Castaneda become mundane sermons in his rendition....


The Middle East Bedside Book
The Middle East Bedside Book
by Tahir Shah
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.95

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most useful book, 29 Feb 2008
This is a most useful book. If you buy one item before you travel to the Middle East or engage in any business there, this should be it.
It has an easy going feel and style and can be read from cover to cover or dipped into.
Everyone I have given this book to has found it useful and amusing.
Especially pertinent now with all the war and mistrust going on between 'them and us'.


Ghazali
Ghazali
by Eric L. Ormsby
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 29.50

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Academic but very readable and well informed, 29 Feb 2008
This review is from: Ghazali (Hardcover)
Here is an academic book which is both readable and well informed.
It is the opposite of the cultish or pious drivel one finds written or filmed about al-Ghazali these days.


Khomsa
Khomsa
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.46

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The template for the later work?, 11 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Khomsa (Audio CD)
This 1995 recording is like the template for the later work done with Francois Couturier, Voyage Du Sahar (2006) and Le Pas du Chat Noir (2002).
Everything this man does is amazing, but in different ways.
This one grows as you listen to it more and more.


The Spy of the Heart
The Spy of the Heart
by Robert Abdul Hayy Darr
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.60

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vanity publication?, 28 July 2007
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This review is from: The Spy of the Heart (Paperback)
Robert Darr's book, Spy of the Heart is an odd and somewhat padded account of one meeting with the master Khalilullah Khalili.

After Robert Darr had given up on the teachings of Idries Shah he seems to have gone to Afghanistan to seek his truth and met Ustad Khalili there. He does not seem to have realised that Ustad Khalili was also a cohort of Idries Shah, and makes a great fuss about discovering a Sufi Master of his own.

The book is a bit like a vanity publication, even the paper is extra thick to make it look more substantial. Although this helps with the book's colour pictures which is perhaps a redeeming feature.

In the first paragraph, the author boasts of having 'years of Persian ' behind him and yet transliterates his captors' name as 'Hesbi Islami'. Any ignorant urchin could have told him, the letters 's' and 'z' are not interchangeable in Persian and even journalists without any knowledge of Persian know how to refer to 'Hizbollah' for instance.
There is a sleeve note from Dr. Leonard Lewisohn (lecturer in Persian at Exeter and disciple of Iranian guru, Javad Nurbakhsh):
"Do any books on contemporary Sufism in Afghanistan exist? In any European language at least, this is the first one to my knowledge."
Well, this must be one of the best examples of the ignorance of scholars. The good Doctor has not heard of 'Among the Dervishes' by O. M. Burke and 'Adventures in Afghanistan' by Louis Palmer. Or he has heard of them and dismissed them.
Lord save us from the scholars!

This work seems to me devoid any other Sufi content and is basically an account of a Westerner's conversion to a strange form of sentimental Islam.

Since I wrote this review half dozen individuals who have never reviewed anything on Amazon before joined the service to give the book 5 star ratings. By chance most of them live in the same city as the author.

Would a real Sufi do a vain and narcissistic thing like getting his friends and members of his cult to write good reviews for his book?


Crying Wolf: The Return of War to Chechnya
Crying Wolf: The Return of War to Chechnya
by Vanora Bennett
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The human face of Chechnya, 9 July 2007
I am probably the least qualified person to review this book, but I was touched by its humanity and empathy for ordinary people caught up in an avalanche of evil. The portrait of Chechens as a brave, decent and beautiful mountain people is an unusual one that deserves attention. Especially good for cynical journalistic minds!


The Active Side of Infinity
The Active Side of Infinity
by Carlos Castaneda
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond belief, 7 May 2007
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I had read all of Castaneda's other work and was an avid fan when I came across this belatedly, but even I had not expected something like this. It surpassed my wildest dreams and was simply beyond imagination or expectation. Awesome, stupendous yet elegant & beautifully written. Cannot be compared to anything that I can think of.


I Was Carlos Castaneda
I Was Carlos Castaneda
by Martin Goodman
Edition: Paperback

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think that was Carlos Castaneda, 20 May 2003
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This review is from: I Was Carlos Castaneda (Paperback)
I bought this on the recommendation of someone at the London Tensegrity practice group (Carlos Castaneda's Magical Passes) and straight away I was disappointed.
The dialogue attributed to Castaneda is not like him. Those of you who have read and re-read him know that he would not have talked like that.
The descriptions don't sound right either. Castaneda had no foreign accent when he spoke American English and did not look like the man described by Goodman. There are plenty of descriptions of him by people who knew him like Taisha Abelar and Florinda Donner-Grau for instance.
Castaneda was very vivid and precise when he wrote. This hallucination's words are very vague and I think a piece of literary imagination.
The author must have known that a title that included Carlos Castaneda's name would sell very well indeed.


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