Book Club

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.
Revealed Sciences: The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth-Century Morocco
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One of the great myths perpetuated by European colonisation was that the Islamic World was homogenous. In Justin K. Stearn's latest text, he counters this myth vicariously through Morocco's interaction with the natural sciences in the 17th century.
The book cover for "I Refuse to Condemn"
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With incidents of xenophobia on the rise in an increasingly hostile European environment, many have internalised white narratives about their identity. I Refuse to Condemn provides a safe space as to how people of colour have sought to respond.
Under the Gaze of Angels
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Said Habib's debut text is an enchanting retrospection of Palestinians lives, and how previously mundane realities were then impacted by political events. It is a poignant reminder of the power of memory and Palestinian existence as resistance.

Cut from the same cloth
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Book Club: Sabeena Akhtar's Cut from the Same Cloth? is a collection of 20 personal essays written by Muslim women in Britain from different walks of life, on the topics that matter to them.
Sectarianism Without Sects
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Book Club: In his latest interdisciplinary, extensively researched book Sectarianism without Sects, Azmi Bishara methodically wades through the phenomenon of sectarianism with a new light, reconceptualising it in the Arab Middle Eastern context.
From women to the world
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Book Club: There are certain lived experiences for women which are universal. In Elizabeth Filippouli's latest book, through a series of letters, she documents how women have attempted to evade patriarchal discrimination to thrive in their own way.
Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela
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Book Club: In a magical realist masterclass, Leila Aboulela interrogates the double identities of the Muslim diaspora. Littered with Islamic references, Sufi poetry, and Celtic folklore, it's an authentic representation of Islamic consciousness.
A culture of ambiguity: an alternative history of Islam
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Book Club: In an ambitious attempt to revisit the West's manufacturing of Islamic history, author Thomas Bauer sets out to prove Islam's heterogeneity and why the West has intentionally moulded its conception of Islam as a singular entity.