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Open Thread Sunday: Bibliomania Edition! 8/2/09

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home_photo_booksAs-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

Aahhh, winter… it’s in full swing and where I am, at least, we’re experiencing typical wintery weather: grey skies, chilly winds, snow and rain. It’s the kind of weather in which you don’t want to get out of bed to do anything more active than curl up with a cup of chai/ hot chocolate with halaal marshmallows and a really good book. So to help you on your way, here’s a list of MM’s book reviews, on everything from fiction and politics to spirituality and practical tips:

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And for a lively dash of politico, here’s a column from AntiWar.com denouncing Obama and the Politics of Bollocks.

Growing up in an Antipodean society proud of its rich variety of expletives, I never heard the word bollocks. It was only on arrival in England that I understood its magisterial power. All classes used it. Judges grunted it; an editor of the Daily Mirror used it as noun, adjective and verb. Certainly, the resonance of a double vowel saw off its closest American contender. It had authority.

A high official with the Gilbertian title of Lord West of Spithead used it to great effect on 27 January. The former admiral, who is security adviser to Gordon Brown, was referring to Tony Blair’s famous assertion that invading countries and killing innocent people did not increase the threat of terrorism at home. 

“That was clearly bollocks,” said his lordship, who warned of the perceived “linkage between the US, Israel and the UK” in the horrors inflicted on Gaza and the effect on the recruitment of terrorists in Britain. In other words, he was stating the obvious: that state terrorism begets individual or group terrorism at source. Just as Blair was the prime mover of the London bombings of 7 July 2005, so Brown, having pursued the same cynical crusades in Muslim countries and having armed and disported himself before the criminal regime in Tel Aviv, will share responsibility for related atrocities at home. 

There is a lot of bollocks about at the moment.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Hidaya

    February 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    UlooooM ul Quran in NYYYYYYYYYYYYY going on right now!=)

  2. MM Associates

    February 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    innalhamdolillah, wa audhobillah, wa bismillah: “fa ‘ammaa bi n’aymathi Rabbika fa-haddith.” 70 degrees right now in H-town, but if it makes you feel better there is some chance of rain and the high’s not expected to be above, oh, 74 or so. :D that’s right, alhamdolillah! (not that b-double-vowel word)

    [abu abdAllah has to go study now…]

  3. Nihal Khan

    February 8, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Currently:

    NEW YORK IS THE PLACE TO BE!

  4. iMuslim

    February 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    As a Brit, I kinda feel uncomfortable reading that particular B-word here on MM!

  5. Abd- Allah

    February 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    No matter where you are, Makkah is the place to be! Then Madinah! Then Al-Quds!

  6. MuslimahCA

    February 8, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Hidaaya! Asalamu Alaykum I hope your having a blast…I am sure you will inform us about the class on the forums :) and am sure you dont know who I am on here!

    Sarkozy, Muslims, and the New France
    This books really interesting…I need to visii Barnes and Noble soon inshAllah!

    As for Does my head look big in this, its been having good reviews with the sisters in my community! Is it me or does it seem like with society minus politcs their is different avenues being created for Muslims to better themselves by books and muslim media outlets who address these issues that sometimes never came up for our parents and older siblings? Alhamdulilah for that!

  7. AnonyMouse

    February 8, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    @ iMuslim
    Blame Ibnabeeomar :)

  8. Hidaya

    February 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Last I checked, this is the month of February & not August- Pls fix it…:)

  9. abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    February 9, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    bismillah was salamu alaykum, i would read that as a nod to how they date things on the other side of the pond, Hidaya — that would 8/2/9 — 8th February 2009.

  10. Hassan

    February 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Where is hahmed (the Obama fan)? I need him tp spin this story as strength of Obama

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/us/10torture.html?hp

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