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Science Fiction, Utopia, Futurism, Fantasy

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This is the Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction

Sci-fi is often thought a product of ‘Western imagination’ but the Muslim world imagines utopias and dystopias too.

by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

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Future as the Present: Science Fiction Utopias and Dystopias from the Muslim World

by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

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This is the Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction

by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

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Islam, Science Fiction and Extraterrestrial Life: The Culture of Astrobiology in the Muslim World

  • Jörg Matthias Determann
    I.B. Tauris, 2020



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📚 discrust | recenzje

:: Małgorzata Malińska – Kobieta i rodzina w Egipcie i Sudanie. O kobiecości, seksualności i płodności


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"The hadj is unique among Islam's five pillars. Declaration, prayer, fasting, and alms share an ethical basis. The hadj went beyond them, past society. Its significance is as a turning point, a rite of passage accomplished on two feet. I especially admired the way the sweat and the symbols flowed together.

By an act of imagination and exertion, a spiritual rite of some duration fulfilled a private quest. For all its public aspects the experience was intensely personal. By giving the pilgrim a chance to choose his moment, it provided a service missing in the West since the days of the medieval palmers: it offered a climax to religious life."

Michael Wolfe, "Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca," 1993

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One of the primary forms of fortune-telling in the Islamic world was bibliomancy, in which people would flip open a book to a random page, plunk down their finger, and then interpret their future based on the image or text they had selected. Sometimes this was done with the Quran, but Persian people in the 1500s and 1600s produced books full of lavishly decorated paintings for the practice.


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In which I wrangle and encounter Sir Richard Francis Burton!

Hajj preparation log: am I a fraud as a Muslim?

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    My prep log over on will feature excerpts from accounts of other to . These accounts come from the modern era (Malcolm X, for example) all the way back to those made in the first decades after the .

    To that end, I wondered how many of the from al-Andalus made their way to Mecca. I didn't have far to wonder or wander: the first search I made yielded this book, "Peregrinos hispano-musulmanes a la Meca". The non-Muslim publisher managed to misspell the title on the website, but no matter.

    I just ordered me a copy and I'm looking forward to reading it, Insha Allah.

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    Insha Allah, guess who's going to rev up her Substack with ...

    A 2024 / 1445 preparation log!

    ALL kinds of prep will be grist for the mill, not just nerdy gear buys or struggles with the Nusuk app. Photos and pictures will abound, Insha Allah.

    And I'll be excerpting and commenting on other Hajj , Insha Allah. They're often fascinating and beautifully written.

    Subscriptions are free of charge.

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    The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times

    In this concluding volume of The Venture of Islam , Hodgson describes the second flowering of Islam: the Safavi, Timuri, and Ottoman empires. The final part of the volume analyzes the widespread Islamic heritage in today's world.


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    “I don’t know if he did that, but it was a fast way of saying he took .” — Ridley Scott

    Would have been far more interesting and timely if Ridley Scott hired John Tolan (“Faces of Muhammad”) as an advisor on the life of Napoleon… Juan Cole would have also saved him couple of embarrassing scenes.

    “Napoleon had an idealised, bookish, Enlightenment vision of Islam as pure monotheism: indeed, the failure of his Egyptian expedition owed partly to his idea of Islam being quite different from the religion of Cairo’s ulama. Yet Napoleon was not alone in seeing himself as a new Muhammad: Goethe enthusiastically proclaimed that the emperor was the ‘Mahomet der Welt’ (Muhammad of the world), and the French author Victor Hugo portrayed him as a ‘Mahomet d’occident’ (Muhammad of the West). Napoleon himself, at the end of his life, exiled on Saint Helena and ruminating on his defeat, wrote about Muhammad and defended his legacy as a ‘great man who changed the course of history’. Napoleon’s Muhammad, conqueror and lawgiver, persuasive and charismatic, resembles Napoleon himself – but a Napoleon who was more successful, and certainly never exiled to a cold windswept island in the South Atlantic.”

    Muhammad: an anticlerical hero of the European Enlightenment

    Juan Cole on Ridley Scott's depiction of Napoleon in Egypt

    See also (French):

    John Tolan - Le Coran de Napoléon:

    Napoléon, ce nouveau prophète !


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    📗 The book “Portuguese Colonialism and Islam. Mozambique and Guinea, 1930 –1974: From Repression to Religious Seduction”, authored by Mário Machaqueiro, will be presented by Susana Trovão (CRIA) and Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC) on the 15th of November.



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    When the expert has the greatest family name.

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    His essay for @aeonmag is currently in my reading list:

    Praying in shoes "The Sunni movement of Salafism was born at the beginning of the 20th century, with the goal of modelling life on the 7th" (by Aaron Rock-Singer):

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    📗 Liverpool University Press published the latest book authored by Mário Machaqueiro: “Portuguese Colonialism and Islam. Mozambique and Guinea, 1930 –1974: From Repression to Religious Seduction”.

    In it, the author focuses on the ways Portuguese colonial administration dealt with Muslim communities in and .



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    Excellent of the featuring illuminating footnotes and essays to better understand in context & dispel .

    Highly recommended for students of comparative :


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