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Alaa Alghamdi graduated in 2002 from King Abdulaziz University in Medina with a major in English and literature. He earned a master's degree in English literature from Newcastle University and recently earned his PhD in English literature from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Alghamdi is an assistant professor at Taibah University in Saudi Arabia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462044883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462044887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,344,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flipoutmama on August 18, 2012
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Today's book review is a book called "Transformations of the Liminal Self : Configurations of Home and Identity for Muslim Characters In British Post-colonial Fiction. The book is written by Alaa Alghamdi and it is a very informative read!

I am going to be honest, this book is probably not something I would have picked up on my own, since I really didn't know much about the subject matter before beginning the book. But, I have to say that I am glad that I read and I did really end up learning a lot.

The book's focus is on the complicated and sometimes confusing relationship between Muslim and Western culture for the people who have to live on both sides of the divide. I have never really imagined how difficult things must be for people who are born in one country but have family and history from another.

The book focuses on British post-colonial literature to illustrate the points discussed, and I really found myself thinking a lot of about the lives of immigrants and what a difficult struggle it must be for them to really know the answer to the question: "Where Is Home?" The examples from literature that the book gave were spot on and really gave me a different perspective to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hanna Marie on August 15, 2012
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Alright, I'm going to be completely honest. I had no idea what liminal meant when I started to read this book, and I know I can't be the only one wondering, so I looked it up and it basically means in between which is perfect for this book. It's all about the Muslim-Western relationship and people who are stuck in between. They may be born in England but their parents are from Saudi Arabia. This book explores the identity of not only Muslim immigrants, but of any immigrant, or really minority group. He uses Muslim characters from post colonial literature to show this. And really does a good job of it. I would recommend this book to any one who wants to get a different view point on identity and not only in literature but society as well.
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Honestly, this is not the type of book I would have chosen to read if I was looking through Barnes & Noble, but, it really is a quite interesting read.

Transformations of the Liminal Self, by author Alaa Alghamdi, focuses on the relationship between where you are from and where your "roots" or family are, and how this dynamic effects who you are.

First, let me give you the definition of "liminal" - because I had no idea what it meant when used in this context:

The threshold of a physiological or psychological response. In-between divides.
Imagine you were born in the U.S. - always speaking English fluently, dressing in Western styles and living the life of a regular Westerner. But, you are Muslim, being raised in a Muslim home - where all traditions are still followed. You graduate from high school and move on to college - your parents move back to their native country that they consider "home". Now, where is your home? Is your home with your parents in another country because that is where your family roots are? Or is your home in the U.S. where you were born and raised?

This is a very timely subject - due to the fact that so many people that can work from anywhere, have access to go to college anywhere, or have the opportunity to move from one country to another to start over. This begins "the divide".

These are interesting questions and I love how the author strives to explain these struggles. I'm very glad I read it!
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in a country different then your family. This book teaches you about different cultures. Think about living country completely different from your families. You can only imagine how how it must be on the immigrants. Some are moving from place to place, and don't really know what home is. This book focuses a lot on the muslim and western cultures. I've never really thought about how hard it must be on those with families from another country. This book has really opened my eyes and I look differently on the world now. This was a great book and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the world of culture.
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