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The Bookshelf

Here is a list of my favorite books broken down into categories.

Academic Books Worth a Read:

*Whether I agree with them or not!!!
(U) = Undergraduate // (G) = Graduate

(G) Annan, Kofi. Reflections.

(G) Balakian, Peter. Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past.

(U) Filkins, Dexter. The Forever War.

(G) Glendon, Mary Ann. A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

(U) Gourevitch, Philip. The Ballad of Abu-Grahib.

(U) Khalidi, Rashid. Resurrecting Empire.

(U) Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine.

(G) LeBor, Adam. Complicity with Evil: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide.

(G) Power, Samantha. A Problem from Hell.

(G) Power, Samantha. Chasing the Flame.

(G) Press, Ayal. Beautiful Souls.

(U) Said, Edward. Orientalism.

(U) Trouillot, Michael Rolph. Silencing the Past.

(U) Wheatcroft, Andrew. Infidels: A History of the Conflict between Christendom and Islam.

(U) Wheatcroft, Andrew. The Enemy at the Gate.

Religion / Religious Studies:

Sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Brown, Peter. “Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity”.

Chittick, William. “Faith and Practice of Islam”.

Denny, Frederick Mathewson. “An Introduction to Islam”. (Excellent textbook)

Schimmel, Annemarie. “Mystical Dimensions of Islam”.

***Attar, Farid ud-din. “The Conference of the Birds”.*** (Favorite!)

al-Ghazali. “The Alchemy of Happiness”.

Taha, Mahmoud Mohammed. “The Second Message of Islam”.

Qutb, Sayyed. “Milestones”.

Favorite fiction / non-fiction:

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half of a Yellow Sun.

Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita.

Cardoso, Fernando Henrique. The Accidental President of Brazil.

Follet, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth.

Gordon, Noah. The Physician.

Kostova, Elizabeth. The Historian.

Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed.

Mann, Thomas. Death in Venice.

Némirovsky, Irène. Suite Française.

Pullman, Philip. “His Dark Materials” trilogy.

Stoker, Abraham. Dracula.

Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle.

Summer 2015 reading!

These are books on my “to read” list for 2015.  Last year I included non-fiction I wanted to read.  This summer I just want to include reading for fun, as all my other reading is about my thesis research.

Anam, Tahmima. The Good Muslim. (reading currently)

Aslan, Reza. Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita. 

Follett, Ken. World Without End.

Forster, E.M. A Passage to India.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince.

Marra, Anthony. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

Mathis, Ayana. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

Spellberg, Dennis. Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an.

Süskind, Patrick. Das Parfum. (again)

If I ever get the time…

Armstrong, Karen. Holy War: The Crusades and their Impact on Today’s World. 2001.

Constable, Olivia Remie. Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. 1997.

Desmoulines, Camille. “Live Free or Die.” 1788.

Freeman, Charles: The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason. 2003.

Homer. The Odyssey.

Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. 1991.

Kant, Immanuel. The Critique of Pure Reason.

Lawrence, T.E. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Marx, Karl and Friedriech Engels. The Manifesto of the Communist Party. 1848.

No author. The Poem of the Cid: Dual Language Edition. 1985.

Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels.

Rubin, Barnett. The Fragmentation of Afghanistan.

Walpole, Horace. The Castle of Otranto.

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