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Book Review: God’s Battalions: The Case For The Crusades

God’s Battalions: The Case For The Crusades, by Rodney Stark This book does something very useful in talking about the Crusades in a way that is not likely to make the author a popular fellow but which does a good … Continue reading

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Book Review: In Distant Lands

In Distant Lands: A Brief History Of The Crusades, by Lars Brownworth What this book offers is mainly a short narrative history of the Crusades. Given that depending on one’s count there are either eight or nine crusades, to cover … Continue reading

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Book Review: Islamic Weapons, Warfare, And Armies

Islamic Weapons, Warfare, And Armies: Muslim Military Operations Against The Crusaders, by Paul Hilliam This book doesn’t really live up to its name. That isn’t to say that it is a bad book, it is rather that there is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Discontent And Its Civilizations: Dispatches From Lahore, London, And New York

Discontent And Its Civilizations: Dispatches From Lahore, London, And New York, by Mohsin Hamid It is entirely impossible to take this author wholly seriously in terms of his observations of the world. It is not difficult to see why it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Exit West

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid There are at least a few reasons why this book is not quite as good as it could be. As seems to be a pattern with the author’s books (as someone who has read three … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Closing Of The Muslim Mind

The Closing Of The Muslim Mind:  How Intellectual Suicide Created The Modern Islamist Crisis, by Robert R. Reilly This book is a fascinating one, and it deals with the subject matter of why it is that the Muslim world fell … Continue reading

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Book Review: Death And Resurrection

Death And Resurrection, edited by the Vista It can be a deeply fascinating thing to look at at the way that different religious traditions view the subject of death and resurrection.  This particular small book is written from the point … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tragedy Of The Templars

The Tragedy Of The Templars:  The Rise And Fall Of The Crusader States, by Michael Haag Historians often face a conundrum when it comes to providing context for their books.  On the one hand, with too little context the historian … Continue reading

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Book Review: Destiny Disrupted

Destiny Disrupted:  A History Of The World Through Islamic Eyes, by Tamim Ansary The author of this book is a well-connected Afghan historian and the book itself is a rather interesting perspective of the world told from the point of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Caliphate: The History Of An Idea

Caliphate:  The History Of An Idea, by Hugh Kennedy In this day and age where it has become a romantic ideal among at least some Muslims to revive the idea of the Caliphate, this book is a timely and important … Continue reading

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