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Top Three Reads for 2022 by Al Batul Book Club

By |2022-02-21T19:40:12+02:00Feb 16th, 2022|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the new year, and new goals roll in, so does our need for self-reflection and motivation! This list of three top reads is hopefully the beginning of a more prosperous and fulfilling year, a

Muti’ah Badruddeen’s “Rekiya and Z”: Carving Spaces for sub-Sahara African Muslim Fiction

By |2021-04-29T16:16:16+02:00Apr 29th, 2021|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , |

In January, I recommended some books that I posited will improve one’s deen, and I also deconstructed the idea that only non-fictional books can give this desired result. Rekiya and Z by Muti’ah Badruddeen is one such fictional account that fits

A Turkish American Story: Selma Ekrem’s ‘Unveiled’

By |2021-03-19T16:40:30+02:00Mar 19th, 2021|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since I moved back to Turkey, I’ve been meaning to re-read Turkish American writer Selma Ekrem’s Unveiled: The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl (1930). And I was able to last weekend. Ironically, the first time I read

Book Review: ‘In The Palace Of Flowers’ by Victoria Princewill

By |2021-02-21T19:11:32+02:00Feb 20th, 2021|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , |

The inspiration for Victoria Princewill’s debut novel was the first person account of Jamila Habashi, an enslaved African woman in Iran. A letter written by Jamila, dated 1905, is included in the book and is

Book Review: ‘The Runaways’ by Fatima Bhutto

By |2020-11-19T13:31:02+02:00Nov 19th, 2020|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , |

This novel embodies radical empathy. It’s radical to understand the lives of the radicalised; to understand what it is that made them take their path. Fatima Bhutto gives a counter-narrative of three radicalised teenagers that

Book Review: “The Walking Qur’an” by Rudolph T. Ware III

By |2020-10-22T09:33:14+02:00Oct 22nd, 2020|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dr. Bilal Ware eloquently takes us through the inception, cultivation, and fruition of Islam in West Africa, on a timeline as far back as the early 9th century to the present day. Navigating historical events

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