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İyad el-Baghdadi is a writer, entrepreneur, and human rights activist who attained international prominence during the Arab Spring.
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The Pillar of Salt
Albert Memmi - 1992-02-01 (first published in 1953)
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A semi-autobiographical novel about a young boy growing up in French colonized Tunisia. The book shows how the boy has to reject his many identities to gain access to privileged French society. On the eve of World War II, he is forced to come to terms with his loyalties and his past.
İyad el-Baghdadi
Two good books by Albert* Memmi: 1. The Colonizer and the Colonized (non-fiction) 2. The Pillar of Salt (novel)      source
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The Colonizer and the Colonized
Albert Memmi - 1991-07-08 (first published in 1957)
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A classic critique of colonialism, this book explores the complex and inescapable relationship between the colonizer and the colonized. Born in Tunisia, author Albert Memmi draws on his personal experience as a Jew culturally identified with the colonizer to provide insightful analysis of the interdependence and mutual victimhood inherent in colonialism. Widely regarded as a must-read for its lucidity, sophistication and devastating revelations, this book's relevance continues to echo in modern times.
İyad el-Baghdadi
Two good books by Albert* Memmi: 1. The Colonizer and the Colonized (non-fiction) 2. The Pillar of Salt (novel)      source
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The Myth of Religious Violence
Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict
William T. Cavanaugh - 2009-09-03
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This book challenges the idea that religion promotes violence in Western society. William T. Cavanaugh examines how the categories of religion and the secular are constructed and argues that there is no transcultural essence of religion. He suggests that the concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is a myth used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western countries, particularly the Muslim world.
İyad el-Baghdadi
@cantadd @sexygirl798 All religious conflicts are actually about politics, not theology. Book suggestion:      source
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The Qur'an
M. A. S. Abdel Haleem - 0650-01-01 (first published in 632)
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This translation of the Qur'an is a crucial addition for anyone interested in Islamic teachings and culture. This translation is faithful to the original text and is written in contemporary language that is easy to understand. The translator includes helpful notes that explain geographical and historical allusions as well as an index for easy reference. This book provides insight into the Islamic faith and is a great introduction for English-speaking readers.
İyad el-Baghdadi
@StudentMENA I don't really have one honestly. The only book I read every day is the Qur'an.      source
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Two Sisters
A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad
Åsne Seierstad - 2016-10-01
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Follow the journey of two Somali sisters who leave Norway to join ISIS in Syria, and the father who will stop at nothing to bring them back. This riveting true-story account by acclaimed author Åsne Seierstad takes readers into the heart of a family divided by faith, exploring themes of radicalization, extremism, and devotion. With expert narrative skill and primary sources, Seierstad brings to life the human toll of war and the lengths family members will go to save each other. Two Sisters is a must-read for those seeking to understand the complex forces that drive individuals to join extremist groups.
İyad el-Baghdadi
@AsneSeierstad While we're at it, Åsne's book is awesome and you should read it regardless the language. It tells the real story of two Somali-Norwegian sisters who joined ISIS, as their distraught father tried to cross into Syria to bring them back. Get it here:      source
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Fields of Blood
Religion and the History of Violence
Karen Armstrong - 2014-10-28
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Fields of Blood delves into the complicated relationship between religion and warfare throughout history. Karen Armstrong, a renowned writer on religion, explores the perceived link between the world's religions and war, while issuing a passionate defense of the peaceful nature of faith. Armstrong looks at the history of major traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism, to provide unprecedented insight into the role of religion in human conflict. This thought-provoking book offers hope for peace among believers of different faiths in our time.
İyad el-Baghdadi
@DaveHerroon Very few conflicts are actually *about* religion. Religion is used to construct narratives of conflict, after the conflict has already been seeded. Here's a great book on that:      source