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Standard Arabic Student's book: An Advanced Course
Standard Arabic Student's book: An Advanced Course
by James Dickins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for advanced learners of Arabic!, 8 Jan. 2013
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I have been learning Arabic for a very long time and this book is by far one of the best coursebooks for advanced learners. The chapters cover different topics including Gender in the Middle East, Islamic Spain, Religion etc with texts from a variety of sources so that you know what you are reading was written for an Arabic speaking audience and not "dumbed down" for a student book. It contains plenty of exercises such as translations, precis writing and comprehensions in each chapter so that you can apply what you have learnt. The book does not contain any vocabulary lists and I personally think that this is a good thing because you have to look up the words yourself which makes remembering them easier. It's hard work but totally worth it.

It is worth mentioning that in order to do the listening exercises, you will need to purchase the CD/cassette which always comes separately rather than with the book unlike many other language courses.


AS and A Level Economics Through Diagrams: Oxford Revision Guides
AS and A Level Economics Through Diagrams: Oxford Revision Guides
by Andrew Gillespie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point and useful, 13 Jan. 2012
This book is designed for all specifications and tells you which pages/topics are relevant for each specification maing it useful to use as a sort of revision checklist. It contains what most textbooks and workbooks contain but in a more concise note form making it a great revision tool. The book is a great addition to other economics textbooks you might be using for your course as it sums everything up including diagrams, graphs etc. I think the explanations are very clear and to the point. The writing is small and it's all black and white which may be a problem for those who love colour but I still think it does the job it should be doing: helping you revise and understand economics!


A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Radical Islam
A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Radical Islam
by Wafa Sultan
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, 14 Dec. 2011
First of all after studying Islam as a Westerner I have come to the conclusion it is not a radical or violent religion and people feel it is so due to a minority of Muslims and non-Muslims taking religious literature/historical events/sayings and blowing the context and meaning out of it. Muslims are allowed to speak out against a violent and immoral ruler (or anyone ruler or not for that matter), Islam gives so many rights to womem (I am a feminist), children and the poor that it find it so shocking that I once upon a time agreed with the stereotypes that media portrays. Only after going back to the Quran and totally authentic prophetic sayings did I understand this lovely religion and accept it to be true. Wafa Sultan speaks of her own experiences but I feel she really does not understand and interpret the Quran in the light of authentic sayings and history (both legal and social that I consider important being a law student) which is why this book seems to imply that Islam is a looney violent religion with a "god that hates" and thereofre makes a gross generalisation. Yes some people are oppressed and treated terribly but the problem is not Islam or any religion; the problem is culture and misunderstanding.
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The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
by Robert Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.93

3 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense and certainly not objective, 11 Dec. 2011
This book is not based on facts at all. In fact most of the so called Hadiths mentioned in this book against Islam are not considered strong or reliable by most Muslim scholars (such as the story of Asma bint Marwan) so how on earth can Robert Spencer who is far from being a scholar of Islam consider them reliable? This book will only confirm odd and absurd Muslim stereotypes. After studying Islam and Arabic in depth and spending time with Muslims and even non-Muslims who have studied Hadiths and the Quran it is obvious that Muhammad was an amazing man. This book is NOT objective in any way as it uses mistranslations of the original Arabic Hadiths and Hadiths which are not reliable. Don't bother reading it if you really want to know about Muhammad and Islam.
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Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
by Jane Austen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and readable, 3 Nov. 2011
I have highly enjoyed this novel. The plot, the humour and the characterisation make it a wonderful and readable story. It really does give the reader an insight into Victorian society and a lot of the events and feeling illustrated in this novel relate to life today.
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Frogs and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
Frogs and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)
by Aristophanes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 3 Nov. 2011
I was quite shocked to find myself enjoying comedy that was written and performed over 400 years before Christ when I could not even get through Shakespeare which is much more recent. Women at the Thesmophoria is my favourite of the plays in this book but all of them are witty, entertaining and interesting. Aristophanes is a fantastic and genius playwright and the this translation captures the humour of the original Greek rather well.


The Iliad (Penguin Classics)
The Iliad (Penguin Classics)
by Homer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 3 Nov. 2011
I really think this translation is wonderful especially for those reading The Iliad for the first time. Although in prose it sticks with the meaning of the original Greek quite well and this prose approach would make it more interesting for the first time reader. The ideas and themes explored by Homer as well as the turn of events make this a fascinating and readable epic!


Arcadia
Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...genius!, 3 Nov. 2011
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I love this play! I had to study it for my course and once I started reading I could not stop! This is a work of genius and Stoppard has proved to be a fantastic writer. It is witty, humorous and extremely interesting. I would recommend this to all play and drama lovers. It contains an interesting combination of themes and ideas which make it even more readable and interesting.


Thomas Hardy: Everyman Poetry
Thomas Hardy: Everyman Poetry
by Thomas Hardy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 3 Nov. 2011
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I only discovered Hardy's poetry recently and I am glad I did! I have read many of his novels and diving into his poetry was wonderful as the themes, concepts and language that Hardy uses is truly magical. He has written poetry about a wide range of themes and topics which is apparent in this book. Although some poems are a little difficult to understand, a little research soon clears up any confusion and really helps to analyse his poetry. Although a small selection it is a very good representation of Hardy's poems and to understand the autobiographical elements in his poetry.


Three Victorian Poets (Cambridge Literature)
Three Victorian Poets (Cambridge Literature)
by Jane Ogborn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for its purpose, 3 Nov. 2011
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This book is not about the lives of Tennyson, Browning and Barrett Browning but about giving the reader a small selection of each of their poems. This book was initially created for students studying English literature and is an anthology/collection of a small amount of poems. This book was required for my course as wider reading and the poems selected are quite representative of the topics and themes the poets wrote of in their full works which would make this book a good introduction.


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