Moroccan Sufism and the Literature of Miracles

William Young

Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism, by Vincent Cornell, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.

Religious studies arouse our interest by illuminating key moments in our everyday existence. In even the most mundane endeavors – painting a wall, filing paperwork, washing the dishes – we choose between maximizing personal gain (or, at least, minimizing effort) and "doing things right."

The Enchanting and Ossified Past: Visiting Lebanon with Roseanne Saad Khalaf

Malek Abisaab

LEBANON: FOUR JOURNEYS TO THE PAST, by Roseanne Saad Khalaf, 225 pp. Dar An-NaharBeirut: 1998.

Roseanne Khalaf visits the Lebanese past with a personal rather than historical bent, weaving travelogues, autobiography and history into four short stories. From the bleak present and the gloomy depths of the Civil War (1975-90), the author reminisces about the "beauty, magic, mystery," and the "enchantment" of the Lebanon that was.


George Tarabishi

From this perspective, this book, which collects articles written by 12 international researchers in various areas of cultural studies, represents a cry of protest against "the crime against culture" that was the Taliban's continual objective from their capture of Kabul in September of 1996.

Afghanistan: La Memoire Assasinee (Afghanistan: Assassinated Memory)
Edited by Olivier Weber 
Published by Editions Mille et Une Nuits, Paris
2001,140 pages


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