M. Amin

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (138 of 157)
Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom


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The Bomb on the Rock by Michael Weiss
The Bomb on the Rock by Michael Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read, 27 Dec 2013
Buying this book was virtually risk-free given the price. However it then had to compete with many unread books. I found that once I read the first page, I wanted to turn over and see what happens next. Accordingly despite many other pressures on my time I read the book in a small number of sessions. It becomes particularly gripping once the bomb is in Israel and in the hands of the terrorists.

The author served for seven years in the Israel Defence Forces, and it shows. The combat scenes display evidence of real military training which gives them authenticity and I think makes them more exciting. The principal characters, Mahmud ibn Salim ibn Faruk and Lieutenant Colonel Kfir… Read more
7/7: Muslim Perspectives by Murtaza Shibli
7/7: Muslim Perspectives by Murtaza Shibli
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The London bombings of 7 July 2005 were a terrible shock to the national psyche. For Muslims, they were doubly painful, seeing our religion being hijacked by killers and Muslims in general then being looked at with suspicion.

Accordingly, when Murtaza Shibli asked me to contribute my thoughts about 7/7 in a chapter of his book, I agreed immediately. I wrote about what I was doing on that day, and on the days immediately following. However the point I wanted to communicate most strongly is set out in the short extract below, reproduced with the editor's permission:

Stepping back and reflecting over the last five years, the following points come to mind. Some Muslims are… Read more
Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History by David B Goldstein
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly absorbing, 18 July 2009
The ability to sequence DNA gives us an immensely powerful tool for tracing our ancestry. Our Y chromosome is inherited only from our fathers while the DNA in our mitochondria is inherited only from our mothers. Relatively steady rates of mutation then allow us to assess how long human populations have been separated, tracing paternal and maternal contributions separately.

The Jewish people are a particularly fascinating subject for genetic history. The wide dispersal of the Jewish diaspora and their regular unfortunate displacement from country to country combines with a long written history. We also benefit from the desire of many Jewish scientists to study the history of their… Read more

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