BOOK REVIEW - After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

SHAFAQNA - Before it was just plain ‘Muslim’, but we now live in era where the words ‘Sunni’ and ‘Shia’ are bombarded at us from every direction, whether we belong to the religion of Islam or not. The lay person is now asking what…

Why Nations Fail - The Origin of Power,prosperity, and Poverty BOOK REVIEW

SHAFAQNA - Acemoglu and Robinson’s Why Nations Fail is a history book written by economists which attempts to tackle the prickly questions of why some countries do better than others? Why are some societies prosperous and others poor? Is it…

BOOK REVIEW - Mystical Dimensions of Islam

SHAFAQNA -Thirty-five years after its original publication, Mystical Dimensions of Islam, by Annemarie Schimmel still stands as the most valuable introduction to Sufism, the main form of Islamic mysticism. This edition brings to a new generation…

BOOK REVIEW - Islam, an Introduction

SHAFAQNA - Islam: An Introduction gives much attention to questions of universal values, Islam and democracy, gender issues, women’s rights and pluralism, while attempting to constrain the thinking of Jihadists and radical Islamism with liberal…

Arabia’s Rising - Under The Banner Of The First Imam - By Catherine Shakdam

SHAFAQNA - PRESS RELEASE VERITAS CONSULTING -Insightful and bold, Arabia’s Rising is not only anchored in history, it is built on a critical analysis of those crises which have ailed the Middle East: sectarianism and radicalism. Looking…

BOOK REVIEW: The Sayings & Wisdom of Imam 'Ali

SHAFAQNA - Imam `Ali, who was a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, was the first man to accept Islam, when he was still a young boy, and for the next twenty-three years he was one of the Prophet's closest companions. Imam `Ali was constantly at…

BOOK REVIEW: Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship

SHAFAQNA - In this book readers are led on a powerful and inspiring journey through the inner dimensions of a range of Islamic acts, including prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage.Consisting of a selection of writings by a great figure…

BOOK REVIEW: The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad

SHAFAQNA - The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited - and remade. Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story…

Book Review: The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad

SHAFAQNA - The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad by Barnaby Rogerson 415pp, Little,Brown On the morning of his death, the Prophet Muhammad unexpectedly appeared before his followers in the city of Medina as they gathered for prayers in the…

Book Review: Prophet’s covenant with the Christians of the world

SHAFAQNA - The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. By John Andrew Morrow. Tacoma. WA: Angelico Press. Pp 442. 2013. PB. £13.95 Dr John Andrew Morrow is currently a Professor of Foreign Languages at Ivy Tech…

Book Review: Encounters With Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity by Malise Ruthven

SHAFAQNA - Malise Ruthven is recognised as one of foremost commentators on the Islamic world and its relations with the predominantly secularized and Christian societies of the West. In Encounters With Islam he seeks to offers astute and topical…