Current Reviews

Here you will find a listing of all of the book and media reviews from the past year and current year. To find all reviews published to this site, please go to the All Reviews page.

Shoah through Muslim Eyes

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By: Mehnaz M. Afridi

Volume: 6 Issue: 2

February 2018

Review by:

Michal L. Allon, PhD

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, Israel

Afridi’s Shoah through Muslim eyes is a thin volume that covers many topics, and tackles many profound questions. The author took upon herself the difficult task of confronting the memory of the Holocaust (or Shoah) from a Muslim perspective. Muslims are often taught to downplay the genocide of the Jews during WWII – in large part because of its role in justifying Zionism. At the same time, Afridi, a Muslim woman herself, wants to introduce…

A Brief Introduction to Qur’anic Exegesis

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By: Ali Suleiman Ali

Volume: 6 Issue: 2

February 2018

Review by:

Issa J. Boullata, PhD

McGill University

Montreal, Canada

Qur’an exegesis (tafsir al-Qur’an) is one of the most important Islamic sciences.  In various forms and modalities, initially oral and later in books, it has been practiced throughout Islamic history, from the time of Prophet Muhammad to our modern times. Its aim of understanding the meaning of the Holy Book of Islam has always been at the center of the concerns of scholars; and as time went by, methodologies of comprehending the sacred book developed…

The Iranian Political Language: From the late Nineteenth Century to the Present

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By: Yadullah Shahibzadeh

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Fatemeh Kamali Chirani

Augsburg University

Augsburg, Germany

The opportunity to publish a review of the book The Iranian political language coincides with massive protests in Iran, which started at the very last days of 2017. I wrote the final sentences on the book that defines “democracy as a condition of politics in which the right to govern and to be governed are the rights of everyone and anyone” (p. 189) simultaneously when Iranian protesters were criticizing the way of being governed. The…

London Youth, Religion, and Politics: Engagement and Activism from Brixton to Brick Lane

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By: Daniel Nilsson DeHanas

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Moja Ennaji

University of Fes

Morocco

This book is outstanding in that it focuses on one city, London, and compares the political and social evolution of second-generation British youth of different migrant origins: British Muslim Bengladeshis, British Christian Jamaicans and non-religious youth. It is original because no other book – to my knowledge – to date has presented such a comparative study and comprehensive findings on the integration process of youth from different immigrant ethnic backgrounds. Its comparative dimension allows the…

Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics

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By: Nathan J. Brown

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Moja Ennaji

University of Fes

Morocco

This book is original and timely. I think it has almost everything a modern book on Middle East politics after the Arab Spring should have – a reliance on both fieldwork and narrative techniques, an openness to new theories of public space, sociology, anthropology, and political science that promise better outcomes, illustrations with real data sets that show the cultural and political perspectives and specificities of this region of the world. The book raises useful…