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.
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.