A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Book Review of Christopher M. Davidson’s ‘After the Sheikhs’

  In an important new book Durham University fellow Christopher M. Davidson, author of many books on the Gulf, sets out to explain why despite all the modernising forces that has transformed the Gulf kingdoms, the royal dynasties have still survived. He argues that their continued existence can be explained… Read more“A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Book Review of Christopher M. Davidson’s ‘After the Sheikhs’”

Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism

It takes a brave person to comment on the Middle East, one never knows when a crisis will erupt that threaten to render one’s judgment obsolete. Since first reading Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism [1], Turkey’s AK Party have suffered an attempted failed coup orchestrated by parts of Turkey’s military, and Tunisian Islamists… Read more“Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism”

The Leadership of Muhammad by John Adair, Kogan Page, (2011)

Review by Tam Hussein  The complexity of modern society has inevitably made life more demanding.  In response, the market is saturated with books offering advice on how to deal with these challenges.  Some are excellent like Stephen Covey’s 7 effective habits, some seem to disregard ethical considerations like ‘44 rules… Read more“The Leadership of Muhammad by John Adair, Kogan Page, (2011)”

The Great Arab Conquests: How the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy Phoenix (2007)

Review by Tam Hussain Western historians have always found it difficult to explain the ‘enigma’ of the early Muslim conquests. Firstly, since Providence no longer has a place in Western academic thought, how does one account for the fact that a small army, no better in terms of equipment or… Read more“The Great Arab Conquests: How the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy Phoenix (2007)”

Ibn Fadlan’s Journey to Russia: A Tenth Century Traveller from Baghdad to the Volga River Trans. Richard Frye

Review By Tam Hussein – Reproduced with the kind permission of Emel magazine Issue 67 April 2010. After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 Velidi Togan, leader of the Bashkirt Republic, was arrested and condemned to death by Lenin. Togan managed to escape and joined local forces in Central Asia to… Read more“Ibn Fadlan’s Journey to Russia: A Tenth Century Traveller from Baghdad to the Volga River Trans. Richard Frye”