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Book Review – Leo Africanus

Al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan, or Leo Africanus, was a terrific discourse retold by Amin Maalouf.[1] The storied tale follows Hasan from Spain (Granada), throughout North Africa, Rome and other different places in the globe. This story is considered as a valuable description of the Muslims’ world for centuries and although it is work of fiction, based on al-Wazzan writings, the unfolding events in throughout the story broadly historically accurate. It provides a clear description of vast, diverse people, each with a purpose, but for Hasan, most became great enemies and friends. A major theme of the book focuses on the tensions between Muslims and Christians. Today, even readers can pay attention to the emotions felt by those whose beliefs and faith are under attack by non-believers. Others would sympathize with Hasan because they find themselves caring and supporting people since they are good rather than their beliefs.

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How to Be a Muslim: An American Story Review

“How to Be a Muslim: An American Story” is a story that provides an in-depth experience of Haroon Moghul from a non-believer to a faithful person. Using extensive knowledge and moving logic, the book is a timely memoir that vividly describes a young man trying to find his identity. Representing himself as a commentator, essayist and broadcaster on Islamic affairs, Moghul undertake a personal perspective in highlighting the rifts exhibited between his inner life and outward life. Born to Punjabi parents in Pakistan, Moghul is raised, as a Muslim in New England but deep in his heart has no connection with God [1].

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The Looming Tower Book Review

Introduction

The Looming Tower” is a book that reflects on the various characters that were at the center of the September 9/11 attacks in the United States. The book by Lawrence Wright is one of the most read books that depict the activities and events of the masterminds behind the horror attack and the leaders in the FBI and CIA in charge of the case. Lawrence Wright is a screenwriter, an author and a writer for the New Yorker Magazine. The book “The Looming Tower” is non-fiction and it comprises of 480 pages, published in 2006 by Alfred Knopf.  Lawrence Wright is a professional writer focusing on non-fiction works, is a graduate in English with a Masters in Applied Linguistics and was a teacher before becoming a professional writer (Wright, 1). The writer collects information from different materials that base on the facts that lead to the most orchestrated attacks in the world. It is evident in the book that the United States invited numerous Muslim in the 1950s to help form allies against the communist Russia that would later turn to backfire after they returned home. Egypt and Saudi Arabia had become radicals, and it was building up, and most people that went back home would then convert to anti-West.