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It’s Not About the Burqa

A few months ago, I chewed through Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels in less than two weeks. I had heard a great deal about her writing and thought I would give the first book a go. What emerged, was a complete engrossing in a world that, across an entire generation, was told from the perspective…

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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race had been on my radar for a while, but for various reasons, I did not get around to reading it as soon as I should have. With its widely-held critical acclaim and as the winner of various awards, the book had long come…

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The Culture of Terrorism: Tenets and Treatments

For those who take traditional Islamic learning seriously, the very notion of reading the work of Islamic scholar through a critical lens, especially one who is recognised the world over for his scholarship, can present itself as a daunting task. We have embedded in our cultural and religious practices important notions of the Qur’anic injunction,…

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Desert Encounter : An Adventurous journey through Italian Africa

“We Europeans, like most peoples, are prone to denouncing the misdeeds of others while simultaneously drawing a discreet veil over the horrors which deface our own history; and there are many today who know or care little about the unappealing policies followed by our grandparents” Never were truer words written in the foreword to the…

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