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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the converts' mouths, 2 May 2005
This review is from: Seeking Sanctuary: Journeys to Sudan (Paperback)
Hijra in Islam means leaving a non-Muslim land and taking sanctuary in a Muslim one. Hijra is what Hilda Reilly's book is about: it focuses upon the stories of five people from the west who have converted to Islam and taken refuge in the Muslim society of Sudan. It is also an account of her own experiences of living in that country. This is a marvellous book for anyone seeking a better understanding of Islam itself, as well as the phenomenon of conversion. It is written in a very easy and engaging style, yet presents profound insights. It is a 'must' for anyone travelling to Sudan, as well as for anyone concerned about the religious conflicts which underlie so many of our global problems.
All the immediate questions which spring to the minds of those of us who have a superficial impression of Islam are dealt with here. Reilly places them before her interviewees, who respond in their own words. The author does not interpose her own views between them and the readers but leaves the latter to make up their own minds. At the same time, her obvious humanity comes through in every page. This is also apparent when she deals with human rights questions in Sudan: presented through vignettes drawn from her own experiences and relationships, these are all the more powerful for being understated. We are not treated anywhere in this book to righteous indignation, but that does not mean that moral issues are being evaded. A powerful example of sympathy combined with dispassion.
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