The Face Behind the Veil

"Proud, defiant, brave, these are the Muslim women of America. Hear them roar!"—Asma Gull Hasan, author of Why I Am a Muslim For years, the image of the Muslim woman in America has been as mysterious as the face behind the veil. Is she garbed in the traditional hijab and chador? Is she subservient to a male-dominated culture and religion? Does she grocery shop, do her nails, go to the gym?"A superb attempt at helping us to discover the emerging identity of American Muslim women."—Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America In this moving book, journalist Donna Gehrke-White provides a rare, revealing look into the hearts, minds, and everyday lives of Muslim women in America. Here, in their own words, are the many different voices of doctors, soccer moms, rebels, reformers, former political prisoners, survivors, and activists—women of faith, courage, hope, and...
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Fridays with my Folks

Amal Awad's life changed when her father was diagnosed with kidney failure. It was a shock to see the impact it had on him, both physically and mentally, and the way the side effects trickled onto those around him. Work had always made him feel whole and retirement was a challenge. On a mission to help her father and support her mother, Amal began spending every Friday with her parents. She saw the gaps in discussion around ageing and sickness. Amal's personal experiences prompted her to explore how Australians are ageing, how sickness affects the afflicted and those around them, and what solutions exist when hope seems lost.So many people are similarly navigating a new reality - weeks dotted with doctor appointments; conversations that deplete and reveal at the same time; reshaped family relationships. Amal speaks with doctors, nurses, an aged care psychologist, specialists, politicians, ageing people living alone and others in a retirement village, to gain insights and...
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Poet Emperor of the last of the Moghuls

This book explores the tragic ending of the last of the Moghuls. Three hundred and eleven years of Moghul rule with eighteen emperors in between separate Bahadur Shah Zafar from the first Moghul emperor of India during the history of the great Moghuls.He was virtually a prisoner in his own palace in Delhi, subsisting on pension from British East India Company. When native soldiers rebelled against the British, Zafar was accused of Mutiny. To which he exclaimed, how can an emperor mutiny against his own subjects? When finally British succeeded in quelling the rebellion, Zafar’s two sons and a grandson were brutally murdered by Captain Hodson. The emperor’s crown jewels were confiscated, he was exiled to Rangoon, Burma.His sad poetry during his nominal reign till his death in exile is still sung and recited in all parts of India and Pakistan.
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Football

A flight of imagination that explores the consequences of football history going just that little bit differently...Without football, Nelson Mandela might never have become president of South Africa, and were it not for FIFA’s loopholes Africa could be enjoying the fruits of a football-induced windfall. Imagine that…So much rides on 90 minutes of sport. Was one goal really the difference between freedom and brutality for an entire team? Would children be more respectful if the substitutes’ bench had never been introduced? In Imagine that… Football young historian Michael Sells reveals the most influential decisions in the history of football and reveals how they might have changed the world.
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Tantrika

A Foreign Correspondent's Search for Her Cultural and Spiritual IdentityWhat began as an assignment from her editor at the Wall Street Journal to investigate "America's hottest new fad," the secrets of sexual ecstasy in Tantra, became a story that would lead reporter Asra Nomani halfway around the world and change forever her life, faith, and self-identity. From a New Age Tantric seminar in Santa Cruz to sitting at the feet of the Dalai Lama in India, from meditation caves in Thailand to crossing the Khyber Pass with Muslim militants and staring down the barrel of an Afghan soldier's AK-47, Nomani's trek unexpectedly climaxes in Pakistan, where she risks great danger in joining the hunt for kidnapped fellow reporter Danny Pearl. She travels the globe in search of this elusive "divine love," but ultimately hers is a journey of self-discovery in which the divine within herself and within all women -- all "tantrikas" -- is revealed.
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