Search Results: "Swiyyah Nadirah Muhammad"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 22, 2007

"While scattered and disorganized, this novel may find an audience with readers who suffer from, or know someone who suffers from, mental illness."
Despite enduring a mental illness, a young woman does her best to juggle life, love, work and hardship in Muhammad's debut novel. Read full book review >

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HELPING THE POLONSKYS by Khaleel Muhammad
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Thoroughly agenda-driven fodder for discussions about values and diversity, but its streak of silliness should draw a few chuckles. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Muslim children help out an elderly (Jewish) couple in a British import that creaks but doesn't quite collapse under the weight of its worthy purposes. Read full book review >

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MAGIC IN ISLAM by Michael Muhammad Knight
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though surely controversial and certainly just the tip of the iceberg, this accessible book provides interesting food for thought."
The mysteries and the esoterica of Islamic history and culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The author's humane proposal for economic reform, far from impractical, makes for provocative reading for development specialists."
A book to make Wall Street quake—if Wall Street paid attention to the developing world. Read full book review >

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WHY I AM A SALAFI by Michael Muhammad Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vigorous treatment of how the sacred, in all its multifarious forms, continues to exercise power, even if sometimes it just feels like 'we're arguing over what the mystery god intended to say in his address to a mystic in a cave some fifteen centuries ago.'"
Knight (Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing, 2013, etc.) traverses the scenic highways of Islamic history, seeking paths that connect him to Muhammad. Read full book review >

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WHY I AM A FIVE PERCENTER by Michael Muhammad Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An insider's view of a largely unknown belief system woven tightly with the author's own journey of spiritual discovery."
Thorough investigation of a misunderstood branch of the Nation of Islam, seen through a white Muslim's perspective. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO THE END OF ISLAM by Michael Muhammad Knight
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"An occasionally scattershot but unique religious journey."
A contentious author and college speaker embarks on an international road trip to explore Islamic holy sites and modern mythologies. Read full book review >

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TRIPPING WITH ALLAH by Michael Muhammad Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"William James, suffice it to say, would probably be appalled at first, and then fascinated."
A personal quest into the intersection of Islam and mind-altering drugs. Read full book review >

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SNAKE CATCHER by Naiyer Masud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Masud's compelling, sometimes obscure stories do not always fully reward the reader's attention. But they're usually as hard to forget as they are to comprehend."
Cryptic suggestiveness dominates 11 stories gathered from three collections by the Indian author (who writes in Urdu) of Essence of Camphor (2000). Read full book review >

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ESSENCE OF CAMPHOR by Naiyer Masud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Wonderfully absorbing and rewarding: the work of a fully mature, highly accomplished artist."
The complex burdens imposed by memory and the intricacies of familial love and obligation are analyzed with breathtaking subtlety in this brilliant debut collection of seven tales, written in the Urdu language by an Indian-born writer, critic, and teacher. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE A RIVER by Muhammad Kamil al-Khatib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"The story sags under discursive laments about the oppression of women and the tragedies of emigration and alienation, but its subtle creation of an atmosphere of eternally recurring conflict and sorrow explains why this affecting little work is considered a landmark in modern Arabic fiction."
A mosaic portrait of life in Damascus during the early 1980s accretes from the brief character vignettes that compose this terse 1984 novel by a prominent Arab fiction writer and critic. Read full book review >