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May 20, 2006



I like Marina Mahathir. The compilation of her musings in "In liberal doses" is definitely one of my best owned Malay books.

Yeah, I totally call for constructive and positive reactions to criticism, fallacy, myth and also creative but ideologically challenging imagination, which is much more discerning in comparison to the simplified "anger" and "offended".
Then again, isn't the way people react has been harnessed in an in bred cultural retro-evolution?

But I think more and more Malay-Muslims are becoming very savvy when it comes to ethical behaviour and intellectualy argument too.


mmmm...funnily enough I had the same sort of conversation with a workmate who happens to be a british. I'm thinking how best can I put it in writing and will blog about it soon.
The work mate said we, the muslims don't unite and there seems to be a lot of segregation among ourselves and the real muslims do not rise among us and only the bad muslims (terrorist)got their way to showing the whole world that all muslims are terrorist. I will elaborate on this further in my blog, insyaAllah.

Leila Abu-Saba

How about recommending the Tariq Ali series on the history of Islam to the young person (depending on her age - parents should read it first for appropriateness). These are historical novels about pressure points in Muslim history - I've so far read only the first one, about a family in a village after the fall of Granada - the last Muslims in Spain. It's actually really heavy reading and may be too disturbing for a young girl - but older high school students would like it.

I have traveled to Spain and have read a great deal of history of the era but Ali's novelistic depiction of life during the Reconquista is gripping, taught me things I didn't know. A sad story...

Also - why not have the girl read stories of Muslim holy women, like Rabia? And an expurgated 1,001 Nights.

Just some thoughts. I will consider this and research more. It's a very good question - what young Muslims might read to inspire interest in their history and religion.

Oh yes, and look for Naomi Shihab Nye's fiction for young people - one is called Habibi, and deals with a young Muslim-American girl and her troubled friendship with a young Israeli. She has written others dealing with Arab-American themes, and her collection of poems 19 something of a Gazelle is supposedly for young people although any grownup would like it too.

Keith Demko

Interesting stuff ... I, personally, am simply countering it by not giving this garbage any of my time or money ... hopefully many people will do the same

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