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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847740219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847740212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Over the past half a century, the most politically engaged literature has predominantly emerged from cultures outside the wealthy transatlantic worlds. This collection of poems is a formidable reminder of the capacities and the necessities to connect issues of justice, rights, and religion on a global scale." - Renate Holub, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

About the Author

Rafey Habib: Rafey Habib was born in India, grew up in England and now lives in America. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is currently Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of six books, including A History Of Literary Criticism: From Plato To The Present (2005) and An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in English Translation. He is currently editing the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol VI and the Oxford Anthology of Literary Criticism and Theory.


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Rafey Habib was born in India, grew up in England and now lives in America. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is currently Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of six books, including A History Of Literary Criticism: From Plato To The Present (2005) and An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in English Translation. He is currently editing the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol VI and the Oxford Anthology of Literary Criticism and Theory.

Rafey Habib's YouTube videos can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rafey+habib&aq=f

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aamir M. Nooruddin on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dr. Habib does a great job taking his literary prose and applying it to a topic that is on the forefront of many people's minds, regardless of political or spiritual leaning. In a day and age where the voice of mainstream Islam is being drowned out by the unintelligible screams of extremists, this was a refreshing and spiritually insightful collection of poems, for all audiences to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on November 10, 2010
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Beautiful and brilliant.

This is not a political manifesto, apology, explanation or dissertation, but the rarest gift, a true work of art. The poet struggles with faith, regret,sorrow, lust and love with humanity, sincerity and an unrivaled love affair with language. His profound understanding of the human condition portrays a rare sensitivity as he ponders complexities, contemporary and timeless, and struggles to comprehend that which defy comprehension.

Do not let the title mislead you. While Dr. Habib takes it upon himself to portray, for example, Islamic extremists for what they are - individuals who do not understand their own faith - in doing so the reader comes to understand the greater universal issues at hand. The book is divided into five parts in which Habib examines faith, politics, love and the ignorance which divides people along lines of religion and the color of one's skin, what it is like to be the 'Other'.

One does not merely read theses poems but enters a realm of philosophic musing which, at its very best, teaches us that we have much to learn.

Quite simply, stunning!

Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century
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I first saw the poet Rafey Habib reading his poems in self-filmed video clips on youtube. I was extremely impressed by the directness of his poetic engagement with that least poetic human act: terrorism. The poems in this collection are not all as direct as those on youtube, of course. Some are subtle, veiled and mysterious. All are rich and evocative. This is the second Islamic poetry collection I've been reading this week. Both have impressed me. Good Islamic poetry is clearly still being written at a time when, one would have imagined, the market is small. Muslims who sometimes feel frustrated by the amateurish, almost-childish rhyming poems all too often found in Muslim community magazines should read "Shades of Islam" (Habib), "Splitting the Moon" (Hayward) and "A Picnic of Poems in Allah's Green Garden" (Wharnsby), all published by Kube Publishing, which deserves credit for so strongly supporting twenty-first century Islamic poetry.
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