Book Club

Rise: Extraordinary women of colour who changed the world [Saqi Books]
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Book Club: From the glamorous to the seemingly mundane, Maliha Abidi's second publication is a fascinating archive and artistic repository of 100 awe-inspiring women of colour, and how they withstood societal pressure to become great in their field.
Listen, Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied
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Book Club: Sudanese-Australian novelist Yassmin Abdel-Magied's follow-up to 'You Must Be Layla' is a brilliant bildungsroman continuation of a young Sudanese hijabi and the navigation of her identity, religion and sense of belonging.
Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey into Muslim Europe
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Book Club: Over the past few centuries, Islam's historic footprint in continental Europe has largely been shunned. However, Tharik Hussain's latest travel book traces how Islamic architecture, and its minarets, have stood the test of time.
Painting From The 1700's In The Bundi Palace In Rajasthan, India
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South Asian norms have for far too long maintained women's roles as passive, unquestioning and subservient to her husband, but feminist movements in the region have begun to challenge those ideals with literature also heavily impacting the movements.
Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said [Bloomsbury Publishing]
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Book Club: Edward Said's contribution both to Palestinian literature and Postcolonialism as a theoretical discipline remains unparalleled. In this searing new biography, Timothy Brennan provides an exhaustive account of the man's life and legacy.
The Politics Of The Female Body In Contemporary Turkey
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Book Club: Using contemporary Turkey as a paradigm to discuss how gender politics has been co-opted by neoliberalism, The Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary Turkey is a success in shifting the gender debate from cultural specificity.
Attia Hosain: Reissues - "Sunlight on a Broken Column" and "Phoenix Fled"
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The understated literary figure Attia Hosain has often gone unnoticed when recalling the great writers of the partition era. Yet, with the reissuing of two of her most seminal works by Virago Press, it's a timely reminder of her magisterial quality.
The Middle East Crisis Factory: Tyranny, Resilience and Resistance by Ahmed Gatnash and Iyad El-Baghdadi
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Tracing the formation of the contemporary Middle East from its turbulent past, 'The Middle East Crisis Factory' is an invaluable text for readers wishing to understand why, from antiquity onwards, the Middle East matters.
Philip Wood’s ‘The Imam of the Christians: The World of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, c. 750-850’
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Deep-diving into the social intricacies of the Abbasid Caliphate, Philip Wood's latest book profiles Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, whose adoption of the authoritative title "Imam" within Christianity has revealed interesting, alternative multiplicities.
The Book Collectors of Daraya
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Award-winning journalist Delphine Minoui's latest book is a searing account of how Syrian rebels utilised underground libraries as places of shelter and bases for resistance whilst fighting against the Assad regime in the Syrian city of Daraya.