From Kube Shelves

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This week from Kube Shelves we have three very different narratives covering contemporary history and a personal reflective account of the Muslim state in 21st century western world.

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Paradise on Fire: Syed Ali Geelani and the Struggle for Freedom in Kashmir by Abdul Hakeem is a passionate and committed account of Kashmir’s struggle for freedom over the last 65 years, and a close-up and personal study of its leading figure, Syed Ali Geelani, which gets behind the stereotype of Indian Muslims as terrorists.

Wandering Lonely in a Crowd: Reflections on the Muslim Condition in the West by S.M. Atif Imtiaz is a timely collection of essays, articles, lectures and short stories that have been written during the Bush years, a time of political uncertainty for British Muslims after 2001. They cover the themes of integration, community cohesion, terrorism, radicalisation, cultural difference, multiculturalism, identity politics and liberalism. Imtiaz responds to the predicament of being a Muslim in modern Britain.

The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain (1836-2012) by Mohammad Siddique Seddon charts the fascinating and little-known history of Britain’s oldest Muslim community.

From Kube Shelves

Written by site_admin on . Posted in From Kube Shelves

This week from Kube Shelves we have 3 different and engaging titles on various episodes of Islamic history.

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Muslim Civilisation: The Causes of Decline and the Need for Reform by M. Umer Chapra – Muslim civilisation has experienced an overall decline during the last five centuries after having witnessed a long period of prosperity and comprehensive development. This raises a number of questions such as what factors enabled Muslims to become successful during the earlier centuries of Islam and what led them to their present weak position. Is it Islam which is responsible for this decline or are there some other factors which come into play? Dr Chapra, in this penetrating study has tried to answer these questions thoroughly and has then discussed a reform programme that could reverse the cycle of decline

Discovering the Ottomans by Ilber Ortayli – What was the significance of the Ottoman Empire? What kind of lives did people live? What lessons can be drawn from the civilisation that the Ottomans created? What does the Ottoman Empire mean to us today? One of Turkey’s leading historians answers all these questions in Discovering the Ottomans, a brilliant set of learned and engaging reflections on the everyday life, legacy and enduring relevance of the Ottomans.

Islam in Victorian Britain: The Life and Times of Abdullah Quilliam – This is the first full biography of Abdullah Quilliam (1856-1932), the most significant Muslim personality in nineteenth-century Britain. Uniquely ennobled Sheikh of Islam of the British Isles by the Ottoman Caliph, Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1893, Quilliam, as a charismatic preacher, created a remarkable community of Muslims in Victorian Liverpool, which included a substantial number of converts.

 

 

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