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This collection of columns written for openDemocracy between 2004 and 2009 is proof of a subtle worldview that continues to generate questions: what is the relation between religion, nationalism and progress? Is a new international order possible? When is intervention a force for progress?
Abdullahadi H. Taher describes how Saudi Arabia's oil, gas and mineral resources were discovered, and looks at key stages in the development of the oil and gas industries. Close attention is paid to the refining, manufacturing, marketing and export of natural resources and the setting up of refineries in Saudi...
Discusses contemporary debates within political Islam. This book argues that the evolution of political Islamic movements is essentially contextual rather than ideological and therefore, Islamic movements are best understood individually within their own historical, socio-political and cultural setting.
Packed with new and sensitive information, Brothers in Arms is a timely and comprehensive study on the changing nature of the jihadi movement.
The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the longest surviving and perhaps the most controversial of all Islamist movements to have emerged out of the Middle East. This book focuses on the evolution of the movement and assesses the aims and strategies it has employed both in the Middle East and...
By Karim Haidar
A collection of soups, salads, meats and deserts. It includes over a hundred inventive recipes: lentil soup with tomatoes, calamari and coriander salad, five-spice lamb and rice, fried halloumi cheese with quince jam, pumpkin kibbeh, pears in arak, and rose ice cream, to name but a few.
By Orhan Kemal
In Bursa prison, mid-winter 1940, two prisoners meet, both writers, both serving long sentences for allegedly inciting Turkish soldiers to mutiny. One is Turkey's most famous poet, Nazim Hikmet. The other is a young, aspiring poet, Orhan Kemal. This work reminisces on the time Kemal shared with the great poet...
Offers introductions to the two plays "God Resigns" and "Isis", which develop key themes of Nawal El Saadawi's work: that religions are inimical to women and the poor; that the oppression of women is reprehensible and not solely characteristic of the Middle East or the Third World; and that free...
Examines Gibran's letters, his publisher's archives and documents, revealing the extent of his influence and the extraordinary message of peace and hope in his work. This work retraces Gibran's life, from humble beginnings in Lebanon to his artistic training in Paris and meteoric rise to fame in the US, his...
By Ramsay Wood
The tales of "Kalila and Dimna", also known as "The Panchatantra", "Kalila wa Dimna" and "The Fables of Bidpai" originated in India almost two thousand years ago. In his retelling of this world classic, Ramsay Wood deftly knits several oral storytelling traditions into a captivating style.