Books

Novel Offers Travelogue Through Syrian Dystopia

By 
D.W. Aossey


The Plain of Dead Cities: A Syrian Tale
By Bruce McLaren
Cune Press, 2014.

It seems that the catastrophe in Syria, scenes of which have become painfully commonplace, may now be fertile ground for narrative fiction rich in history and corruption. If so, “The Plain of Dead Cities,” by Bruce McLaren, delivers exactly that. This intriguing book appears to be a travelogue through a dystopia reminiscent of Dante’s “Inferno,” terrible, yet at the same time fascinating. Still, the story leaves much to be resolved.

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Memoir Traces Growth of Famed Arab Intellectual

By 
Susan Muaddi Darraj


The First Well: A Bethlehem Boyhood
By Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. Foreword by Mohammad Shaheen. Translated by Issa J. Boullata.
Hesperus Press, 2012

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s father once said to his sons, “I rejoice immensely, and so does this mother of yours, when we see you both reading books. Why? Because the word is holy. Yes, indeed. The word is from God.” Jabra and his older brother Yusuf developed an interest in storytelling because of the tales their father often spun for them and for the entertainment of the family.

'Imam al-Ghazali: A Concise Life'

By 
Wided Khadraoui


Imam al-Ghazali: A Concise Life
By Edoardo Albert
Kube Publishing Ltd, 2013

“Imam al-Ghazali: A Concise Life” by Edoardo Albert delivers a succinct biography of one of Islam’s influential figures. The book has a straightforward style accompanied by illustrations, context boxes, and a glossary to help convey the exceptional journey undertaken by al-Ghazali.

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