Vacy J. Vlazna

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (8 of 8)
Location: Sydney, Australia


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An Unpromised Land by Leon Gettler
An Unpromised Land by Leon Gettler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Near Miss, 2 Feb 2012
Gettler's thorough research reveals how the creation of a Palestinian colony doggedly proposed in 1939 by Isaac Steinberg in the Australian Kimberley was a near miss.

Gettler documents the wide pragmatic and humanitarian support from the Australian establishment by politicians, judges, businessmen for the strategic development of the isolated and exposed underpopulated west.

He presents both support and criticism of the proposal, the latter of which was surprisingly led by the Australian Jewish community as well as Zionist groups that intended to focus Jewish immigration on Palestine.

One surmises that if there'd been no WWII with Australian involvement,… Read more
The Message of the Quran: The Full Account of the &hellip by Ahmed Moustafa
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mohammad Asad's Message of the Quran is a magnificent scholarly achievement of a prodigious intellect mirroring a grand love for Islam. It is an invaluable book for students (particularly Western) of Islam with its abundant detailed footnotes and deference to the interpretations of highly respected Islamic scholars.

Exquisitely presented in hard cover with beautiful calligraphy introducing each Surah. On each page is laid the original Arabic text with a transliteration of the Arabic and an English interpretaton that suits the contempoary reader. The footnotes and commentary are comprehensive and detailed opening up the text and spirit of Quran to the Western… Read more
The Road to Makkah by Muhammad Asad
The Road to Makkah by Muhammad Asad
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was drawn to The Road to Makkah by a documentary about the intriguing life of Mohammad Assad a young Jewish man who converted to Islam in the 1920s.

The book is pure poetry. Its lyical delination of Assad's journeyings with his Bedouin friend across an idyllic Middle East (now changed by oil capitalism and conflict) including Palestine, Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Saudi Arabia reflects faithfully Assad's profound love for the desert, for Arabs and for Islam.

Interspersed with vivid descriptions of Arabic life are Assad's insightful philosophical reflections which are shaped by his disillusionment with the superficiality and soullessness of… Read more

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