Friday, March 24, 2006

An interesting monograph

For the politics aficionados, here is an scholarly short monograph, which has just been released a couple weeks ago, about one of the most powerful political lobbies in the United States. You can download the unabridged 83 page version, complete with an impressive list of references, by clicking here. Enjoy!

Monday, March 20, 2006

“Sweetness in the Belly”, by Camilla Gibb


At a time when the news scene about Islam looks more and more like a bashing contest, with Pat Robertson and F. Graham taking over Wafa Sultan’s "legacy", "Sweetness in the Belly", a new novel by Camilla Gibb, comes out as an escape from this sheer madness!

"Sweetness in the Belly" tells the story of a white Muslim woman, Lily, raised in Africa, who shifts between London and Ethiopia. Lily’s childhood is spent on many places, among them Tangiers when her Anglo-Irish hippy parents relocate in Morocco.

The novel, reviewer Bernardine Evaristo writes, explores themes of female circumcision, politics, war, tribalism, yet it is also an exquisite homage to Islam. Some of the most beautiful passages are about Lily's (the main character in the novel) faith. Islam is her guiding force, as she seeks to discover the true meaning of jihad, "The holy war we have within ourselves ... Our internal struggle for purity."
I gotta get hold of it!

Friday, March 17, 2006

The conversion of Francis Fukuyama

American author and philosopher Francis Fukuyama, who was one of the founders of the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century, and one of the early propagandists for the war against Iraq, has apparently repudiated his original political views. In a new book, which has just been released in the US, he now argues that the war on Iraq was a mistake, and that American policy should be more mindful of the aspirations of third world countries. It is good to see that a prominent neoconservative theorist has converted to a more realistic point of view on current world affairs and the relations between East and West. Reason is slowly taking over islamophobia and bigotry.

On a side note: I am going to put Fukuyama's book on my "books to read" list, and I hope I'll be able to get hold of it in the near future.