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The Pocket Rumi Reader (Shambhala Classics) by Jelaluddin Rumi
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 30 Dec 2007
This pocket selection of some of the works of Rumi is one of the best Rumi books around. Kabir Helminski places Rumi firmly in his true milieu as an Islamic scholar and Sufi inspired by the Qur'an, rather than the new age hippy he has been misrepresented as in some translations.

Even given the distance of language and time the words of one of God's saints are planted directly in the heart and move one to remembrance and love of the Creator.

I read this book during a difficult time in my life and found the words immensely profound and comforting.
Burned Alive by Souad
Burned Alive by Souad
52 of 68 people found the following review helpful
In recent years, two best-selling titles have appeared on the subject of honor killing in the Arab world. Norma Khouri's Forbidden Love (also published under the title Honor Lost) and "Souad's" Burned Alive were both published in 2003. In that fateful year, while the international media raced us toward the invasion of Iraq, these books evidently met a public appetite for information about the Middle East.

Both are entirely undocumented memoirs, which ask the reader to take the story on trust. In the case of Forbidden Love, this trust was misplaced. An investigation by Jordanian women's rights activists showed that the author was a complete fake, having lived in America all her… Read more
First 1000 Words in Arabic (Usborne First 1000 Wor&hellip by Heather Amery
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
As mentioned by previous reviewers this book has much to commend it: it's very well presented, groups vocab by subject matter (an excellent way to learn) and includes the Arabic word transliterated next to the picture for those unfamiliar with the Arabic script.

However one big drawback is that, in terms of English, all that is given is the picture - the word in English isn't (understandably given space and visual considerations) thus where the picture is ambigous you aren't really sure exactly what its suppose to represent in English. The dictionary at the back doesn't help because it is organized alphabetically and starts with the English word!! For example what is shara on… Read more