Book Club

The Dance of the Deep Blue Scorpion [Seagull Books]
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Book Club: Set in-between the two Intifadas, Akram Musallam's latest book is an introspective interrogation of how the Israeli occupation affects every facet of society, using both personal anecdotes and the lives of others as a creative influence.
Bullets in Envelopes: Iraqi Academics in Exile [Pluto Books]
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Book Club: Louis Yako's latest book veers away from the pre-prescribed understanding of post-conflict Iraq - that of securitisation, sectarianism and humanitarianism - to focus on the lived experiences of various Iraqi academics who live in exile.
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.