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Standing Alone in Mecca : An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Standing Alone in Mecca : An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
by Asra Q. Nomani
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone will not like it, February 7, 2006
This is not an informative book. It is more like the spiritual journey which Asra went through after she lost one of her good friends, Daniel Pearl who was murdered under the name of Islam. It is an opinionated book and you might or might not agree with these opinions. I liked it because it is based on the assumption that let God be the judge of everything that people do. It is He who decides what is right or wrong. I can understand the thought process that Asra went through and agree with most of her ideas.


No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
by Reza Aslan
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book, February 6, 2006
The book is a well written summay of the islam's history and civilization. It is very well researched with alot of information on the history of islam, starting from pre-islamic Arabia to the present time. The first few chapters are the most interesting. Aslan has done a good job by encapsulating the past 1400 years of islamic history in 300 pages or so. I hope he keeps on writing because we need more of intelligent, and broad minded people like him who are knowledgeable and are willing to share their knowledge with others.


Jane Austen's Guide to Dating
Jane Austen's Guide to Dating
by Lauren Henderson
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute book., January 30, 2006
It's a very cute book. You should get it if you are a Jane Austen fan..but don't read it if you want any serious dating tips. I don't think there are any universally applicable dating tips anyway. What makes the book light and cute is that it discusses Jane Austen's stories and her witty titbits from her stories.


Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West (Compass)
Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West (Compass)
by Daniel James Ladinsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.65
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Poems, January 28, 2006
The book has poems of some great sufis translated into simple english. This makes it easy to understand and appreciate them. It also has summarized introductions to all the saints whose works are translated. Some poems even made me laugh and see God as a light tempered being who smiles at us sometimes also :o).


The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
by Brian Greene
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is not for everyone, January 28, 2006
This is a book for general readers who don't have much technical background of cosmology but who still like to learn about it. It gets interesting at some points while a little technical at others. An interest in the subject is a must to like this book. It talks about cosmos (I didn't use the word universe because universe is a part of our cosmos) from the very small (quantum physics) to very large (infinity of space). My favourite parts in the book were the ones which I understood, because it's not easy to understand everything in there. My favourite idea was the one about the distortion of space due to the huge masses of heavenly bodies. There is a specific diagram in the book which shows how space (which we think of as empty) is also made of mass and how it is distorted due to which we have force of gravity. There are many other ideas discussed in the book which make you think about the whole existance from a different angle.


God's Own Land: A Novel of Pakistan (Unesco Collection of Representative Works)
God's Own Land: A Novel of Pakistan (Unesco Collection of Representative Works)
by Siddiqi
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sad but engaging story, January 28, 2006
The novel was originally written in urdu with the name 'khuda ki basti'. The story is amazing about the cruel realities of life. It shows that not all of us are blessed enough in this world. The book is short yet deep and interesting. A good read for anyone who is interested in reading pakistani authors.


An Introduction to Shi`i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi`ism
An Introduction to Shi`i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi`ism
by Moojan Momen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.51
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1 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tough read, January 28, 2006
I recently bought this book after reading the excellent reviews about it, but unfortunately, I couldn't go beyond the first two chapters. It starts off nicely but loses the focus soon and becomes extremly boring.
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A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World's Sacred Texts
A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World's Sacred Texts
by Leo Tolstoy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.59
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best quote book, January 28, 2006
I have always liked Tolstoy but this book made me respect him even more. He was so deep, and spiritual. The book has 365 pages, each having a couple of deep thoughts for each day of the year. I haven't read many quote books so far but this one is worth the money that I spent on it. I found some of them excellent, some very good, while very few just so so. It depends on what you can relate to. You will love the ones that apply to your life and experiances. Overall, a nice book.


The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
by Mahatma Gandhi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.13
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good autobiography, January 28, 2006
This is the only book I have read about Gandhi and it was enough for me to get an overall idea about his personality. It's an autobiography written in a simple style which talks about all aspects of Gandhi's life: childhood, his marriage at young age, the time he spent in africa, so on and so forth. It is a good book for first time readers who don't know anything about Gandhi's life. I saw the movie 'Gandhi' right after I finished reading this book which showed clear differences between the content covered in both. The book is far better than the movie because it is more honest and detailed.


The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful fiction, November 30, 2005
This review is from: The Kite Runner (Paperback)
'The Kite Runner' is a wonderful book. It is my second favourite fiction of the year 2005. The turning point in the book at which i started loving it was chapter 7. The best part of the story was the relationship between the hero and his servant friend Hasan. The second best part was that I got to learn alot about afghans and their culture. Overall Hosseini has done a great job and i will look forward to more of his writings. My favourite phrase in the story is 'zindagi migzara' which in english means 'life moves on'.


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