A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran by Peter Oborne and David Morrison

The dark heart of West’s Iran obsession A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran, Elliott & Thompson (April, 2013). ISBN-10: 1908739894. ISBN-13: 978-1908739896. Price US$11.58. 112 pages.  Reviewed by Peter Jenkins*  A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran is the work of one of Britain’s most brilliant […]

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Parable and Politics in Early Islamic History: The Rashidun Caliphs

Tayeb El-Hibri. Parable and Politics in Early Islamic History: The Rashidun Caliphs. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. xi + 471 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-15082-8; ISBN 978-0-231-52165-9. Reviewed by Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (Divinity and Religious Studies — University of Aberdeen) This study is dedicated to the historiography of the Rashidun caliphate. El-Hibri states at the […]

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Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

Megan Kate Nelson. Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 400 pp. $69.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8203-3397-7; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8203-4251-1. In an attempt to reconceptualize the destruction caused by the American Civil War “as an imagined state, an act of destruction, and a process of change,” Megan Kate […]

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The twilight of the dictators: A spring of unrest, an autumn of discontent

Four must read books: The Battle for the Arab Spring: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and the Making of a New Era. By Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren. Yale University Press; 350 pages; $28 and £18.99. The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life. By Roger Owen. Harvard University Press; 248 pages; $24.95 and £18.95. The Syrian […]

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Does the sharia deserve its bad reputation, asks Sameer Rahim reviewing Heaven on Earth by Sadakat Kadri

  Heaven on Earth: a Journey Through Sharia Law, by Sadakat Kadri; 332pp, Bodley Head, t £16.99 (PLUS £1.25 p&p) Buy now from Telegraph Books (RRP £18.99, ebook £9.99).   In February 2008 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, delivered a lecture called “Civil and Religious Law in England: a Religious Perspective”. The title sounded innocent enough, […]

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