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Constantinople: The Last Great Siege, 1453
Constantinople: The Last Great Siege, 1453
by Roger Crowley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Captivating but not scholarly convincing, 14 Oct. 2014
This book is a follow-up of an earlier book by Crowley, 1453, which taking a religious stance with christendom and with christian political rhetoric which consider the turkish capture of C-ople as an Islamic jihad. In reality this is of course nonsense since there were numerous muslims and christians blended into either army and into either side of the conflict, as well as there were various opinions (muslim and christian) on how to deal with siege and with the war. The new book is in this perspective slightly better although not very academic in style and source treatment. Crowley, at the end, reluctantly admits that the plans made up by the turks for capturing C-ople were probably mostly motivated by wealth, power and glory, and to a lesser extent by the Islamic faith.
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Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic: Arabic-English. 4th Revised Edition
Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic: Arabic-English. 4th Revised Edition
by Hans Wehr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £94.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of a Lebanese reprint, 24 Jun. 2014
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The dispatch was fast and reliable. However, when receiving this book ordered from Palestine Books, I was a litlle concerned with the authenticity since this was not a standard issue currently on sale in Europe. This hardcover dictionary is a Lebanese printed version of an inferior quality. Some pages almost immediately fell out and the typesetting is not perfect. It seems however to be the fourth edition from 1979 and reprinted in Lebanon 1980, though the Western fourth edition is printed in 1994. Altogether the product is a disappointment, mainly for the inferior quality. This product should Not be listed under the internationally recognized Wehr dictionary green book cover with a red stripe at the bottom which is the Western fourth edition of 1994. Doing so is almost fraud.


Muhammad Abduh (Makers of the Muslim World)
Muhammad Abduh (Makers of the Muslim World)
by Mark J. Sedgwick
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 3 Mar. 2014
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Very thorough and academic.
Muhammed Abduh was truly an interesting and an important muslim person who would clearly denounce the present jihadist tren..
Really a recommendable book.


The Tragedy of the Korosko (Oneworld Classics)
The Tragedy of the Korosko (Oneworld Classics)
by Arthur Conan-Doyle
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and colonial, 3 Mar. 2014
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Although this book is entertaining and easy it is screamingly xenophobic.
But that is what makes it so humorous in the light of today.
The british characters are truly heroic and victorian and the arabs are of course mean and vicious.
Enjoy the colonial worldview, narrow as a british shoelace.


'Ulum Al-Quran: Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an
'Ulum Al-Quran: Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an
by Ahmad Von Denffer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, 3 Mar. 2014
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Good introduction to a vast subject. The book catches the most important hermeneutical sections and gives a good overview. However, this is not a deep-dive into every field of Quranic science. But it serves it purpose well.


Our Economics (Iqtisaduna) volume 1
Our Economics (Iqtisaduna) volume 1
by Muhammad Baqir Al-Sadr
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor translation, 3 Mar. 2014
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Too many translational faults in this book has imo rendered this book unsafe for research and reference.
Go and get the better English translation from the Iranian WOFI which is much more reliable.
But still, always make follow ups in the original arabic language.


New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
Price: £6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful masterpiece! Please remaster!, 7 Nov. 2013
This album is not mainly about tracks. It is a totality, an experience, a mystical journey into the inner true self, and what to find there.
Clearly aware that such analyses requires some kind of connected proof or evidence, I start pointing to the original cover. Representing love and deep spiritual and religious fulfillment, the shining heart at the heart of the cross indicates what the album is all about - It is about spiritual Love, Love mysticism and the search and longing for Love, in dark places and in bright places.It is indeed a state of the art synthrockpop tribute to universal and astral Love from a yearning thirsty soul.

Having lived with this album for 30 years, first as young teenager and later as a reminder of past experiences, I still hold this album among the five best pop/synth/rock album of all times. But it is a question whether it belongs in this category at all. For me this album could as well be classified into a New age Music category or a Classical/pop category.
The only shortcoming today is that I really would like a remaster to take advantage of new technology by which this album would really blow the mind on latest Hi-Fi Equipment and in a meditative position in a dark space.
I sincerely hope the record Company would consider an updated re-issue.
I would definitely be the first to buy.


Seasons In The Sun
Seasons In The Sun
Price: £9.24

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in its own genre!, 13 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Seasons In The Sun (Audio CD)
It is not everyday or every year that you will come across an album that is so tight and faultless in its own style. In fact there is nothing else to wish for when listening to this compilation. Of course I am referring to the original record which is here presented as a CD with bonus tracks. Nevertheless, the bonus tracks are bonus and you may enjoy them on their own merits.
The original compilation are however exquisite and your mind are easily lost in Terrys passionate voice and the mystical feeling conveyed in the fairly simple musical arrangements. Top of the rock and roll troubadour pop of the mid 70s together with tracks of Cat Stevens, Dylan and perhaps a few of Donovan.


Brilliant
Brilliant
Price: £8.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid Hymn to a brilliant past, 5 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Brilliant (Audio CD)
Being a hardcore fan of Ultravox, Visage and Gary Numan I must add a few notes to this release.
IMO the Brilliant album does not meet up to the brilliant days of the first four albums. This does not mean it is a bad album. Not at all. It really has some very good tracks. On the other hand it has some less fortunate tracks as well.
A discernable path in previous Ultravox (except the red dread one) is that they used to follow a mystical experimental path, both in lyrics and in musical composition - as did early Visage. Hard metal beats, screaming synthesizers, classical piano, waking guitar riffs, viola and distinct and sometimes dreaming voices and peculiar lyrics.
Altogether a very particular blend leading to a very particular style. There is no doubt that Ultravox and Visage broke into the future of club music 30 years ago. Rusty Egan was a DJ to envy even for today. Being a DJ, having his own posh nightclub and also his own world renowned band Visage, where also Ure and Currie where members, speaks for itself. These boys invented synthesized club music with analogue instruments.
The album Brilliant is not as mystical as the golden four and thereby it deviates from the original UV-path. It has however a very good composition and it is made by musicians all the way. It is also Ultravox a lot more than the red dread. Cann is thankfully back behind the drum set again and he gives the unmistakeable backbone to the Ultravox sound. The greatest difference for now is that these guys are not as ice-cool and arrogant as they used to be. They have grown and matured and so has their musical interpretation. The beat is slower, the tones are longer, the guitar is not as dirty and the voice is maybe not as strong and clear as it used to be. The piano and violin however is as good as always thanks to Currie's passionate reply.
However, the album is definitely worth the buck. They know how to produce solidly. But the spirit of Ultravox may need a rejuvenation - a youthful spirit with loads of anxiety, frustration, energy, courage, selfishness and melancholic yearning.
A sharper accent on youth and burning desire would be appreciated for the next album to come, since I definitely hope that they will continue with their distinguished Ultravox serenades well into the future.
In fact they are ours for life.


Dance
Dance
Price: £11.35

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence!, 27 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Dance (Audio CD)
This album really deviated musically from previous Numa-work when it was released. Numan had made a musical Numa-turn and entered into the scene of New romantics, a scene that he in fact despised. The album sound had now lent much of its basic tones from Japan but made them a lot more dynamic, powerful, deeper, mysterious and a lot darker. From this viewpoint the album explains itself logically since this is not an homage to romance. Instead it takes us to further investigate a reverse complicated situation of manly sexual slavery and womens power.
Odd thing?
Yes, but this is Numan of course.
Digging deeper into the lyrics and music we find them brilliantly tuning into his inner cosmos and to his own relational frustrations in an objective setting. Like a drama in a theater. And the frustrated drama is beautifully choreographed all the way, in lyrics and in music and in disposition. It is the flip-side of New romantics.
So,seat yourself comfortably, dim the lights and tune up the volume and the play can begin right in front of you.
I am waiting for this album to make the real scene one day.


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