Tag: Book Reviews

  • The Joy of Reading – by AZ

    The Joy of Reading – by AZ

    I had just taken to reading. I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes… My world began to expand very rapidly, the reading habit had […]

  • Book review: Humanising the monster —by Dr Mohammad Taqi

    My life with the Taliban By Abdul Salam Zaeef Translated from Pashto and edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn Hurst/Columbia University Press; Pp 331 In his foreword to Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef’s book, Professor Barnett Rubin of New York University sets the stage for the launch, ostensibly, of a refreshingly authentic work […]

  • Anatol’s Hard Country: Book Review – by Riaz Malik Hajjaji

    About the author: Riaz Malik Corner Anyone who wants to know about Pakistan should read Anatol Lieven, Imran Khan and Zaid Hamid. Anyone who wants a rousing defense of our Pak Fauj should read Lieven. All those who want a nice skewering of

  • Safwat Ghayur and other poems – by Ejaz Rahim

    BOOK REVIEW: Living in poetry —by Nasser Yousaf A scrimmage in a Border Station A canter down some dark defile Two thousand pounds of education Drops to a ten-rupee jezail – Rudyard Kipling. It was a relatively calm and overcast afternoon this February when a crowd comprising family, friends and admirers assembled in the old […]

  • Book review: Hazrat Ali and Nahjal Balagha — by Khaled Ahmed

    Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam Ali By Reza Shah-Kazemi; IB Tauris 2006 Pp 254; Special price Rs995 Available at bookstores in Pakistan This is a book from The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and is dedicated to Syed Hossein Nasr, the great Iranian Twelver Shia scholar, indicating a coming together of the […]

  • Tehzibi Nargasiat – by Mobarak Haider

    Mobarak Haider Title: Tehzibi Nargasiat (Cultural Narcissism) Category: Psychology Publisher: Sanjh Publication Year of Publication: 2009 Price: Rs150 Here are some comments and reviews on an excellent, non-fiction book by Mobarak Haider. Ever wondered why a certain kind of Musalman is always whining? This book has all the answers. If you have felt during this […]

  • Book Review: Islam and the Secular State:

    Is future of sharia with secularism? —by Khaled Ahmed Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Sharia By Abdullah Ahmed an-Naim Harvard University Press 2008 Pp324; Price $35 The author links the concept of civic reason with the Quranic edict of shura or consultation even though it does not lay down any exact […]

  • Upset 2008: A book worthreading

    A book written by Mehmood Sham. Mehmood Sham, a senior journalist who is very well known for very well balanced journalism, has written a book Upset 2008 in which he has covered some positive and negative aspects of Musharraf’s leadership which are usually ignored by his opponents in politics and media. The book also exposes […]