Murtaza Mohammad Hussain's Top Book Recommendations

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Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? Is the trend among Islamic women to appear once again in veils and other traditional clothing a symbol of regression or an effort to return to a “pure” Islam that was just and fair to both sexes? In this book Leila Ahmed adds a new perspective to the current debate about women and Islam by exploring its historical roots, tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender from the ancient world to the present.

In order to distinguish what was distinctive about the earliest Islamic doctrine on women, Ahmed first...
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Murtaza Mohammad Hussain@gypsy_heart6 Great book (Source)

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Early in his career, Adolf Hitler took inspiration from Benito Mussolini, his senior colleague in fascism—this fact is widely known. But an equally important role model for Hitler and the Nazis has been almost entirely neglected: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Stefan Ihrig’s compelling presentation of this untold story promises to rewrite our understanding of the roots of Nazi ideology and strategy.

Hitler was deeply interested in Turkish affairs after 1919. He not only admired but also sought to imitate Atatürk’s radical construction of a new nation from the...
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Murtaza Mohammad Hussain@la_berze @narinistan Great book (Source)

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New York Times columnist and author of To Change the Church Ross Douthat delves into our society’s stagnation and delivers some hard-hitting truths about how our actions today could lead to a historic crisis—or revitalization.

Today, the Western world is suffering from a painful, nameless malaise. The optimistic view of the new millennium has receded, giving way to profound frustration and disillusionment. Here, The Decadent Society provides an enlightening and informative diagnosis of our modern condition.

Author and New York Times...

Murtaza Mohammad HussainReading @DouthatNYT’s book “The Decadent Society.” There is an interesting hypothesis about Israel’s exceptionally high birthrate among developed countries: the product of a politically mobilized society. Similar dynamic in America’s post-WW2 baby boom: (Source)

Samuel Moyn“The desire for a different future only goes so far.” -⁦@DouthatNYT⁩, in a brilliant book excerpt “It seems rather easy for Christian writers to announce the end of the age-since, after all, it was never to their liking.” -Judith Shklar (Source)

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A Finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize
Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize
A Financial Times and The Economist Best Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
Author of An End to Suffering and Temptations of the West

A surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim world

A little more than a century ago, independent thinkers across Asia sought to frame a distinct intellectual tradition that would inspire the continent’s rise to dominance....
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Murtaza Mohammad Hussain@DandiaAsad Did you ever read From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra? It’s a great crash course in all those guys (my fav nonfiction book ever incidentally) (Source)

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A classic of literary nonfiction, My Traitor's Heart has been acclaimed as a masterpiece by readers around the world. Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, scion of a centuries-old clan and relative of the architect of apartheid, who fled South Africa after coming face-to-face with the atrocities and terrors of an undeclared civil war between the races. This book is the searing account of his return after eight years of uneasy exile. Armed with new insight and clarity, Malan explores apartheid's legacy of hatred and suffering, bearing witness to the extensive physical and emotional damage it has caused... more

Philip GourevitchIt goes deep, deep, deep into individual lives, which I increasingly have come to believe is the only way that we can understand these large, political shapes, particularly in stories that are foreign to us. (Source)

Murtaza Mohammad HussainThis is an amazing book I’d never heard of. I feel it should be read by all Americans but even more so people from countries like Israel that are governed according to a system of racial caste (Source)

Kevin BloomRian was commissioned by Random House to go and write the story of the history of his clan, but he realised 100 pages in that the story was actually a memoir and it was about his struggle. (Source)

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Curfewed Night

Basharat Peer's powerful memoir about growing up in war-torn Kashmir. less
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Murtaza Mohammad HussainThis is a great book, it's a very good primer on the subject for those interested — written from the perspective of a Kashmiri. (Source)

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“A meaty, fast-paced portrait of North Korean society, economy, politics and foreign policy.” -Foreign Affairs

The definitive account of North Korea, its veiled past and uncertain future, from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council

In The Impossible State, seasoned international-policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and isolated country, providing the best look yet at North Korea's history, the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult...
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Murtaza Mohammad Hussain@GleamingRazor Love this book (Source)

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The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Grossman's Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine's gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin's purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism... more
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Murtaza Mohammad Hussain@TheIllegit Sorry *of. That was a great book (Source)

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The story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.

In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.

The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course...

Andrew AdonisAnyone who thinks there’s much good to say about the British Empire should read @DalrympleWill’s brilliant book on the East India Company. A long tale of plunder, extortion, war & murder Maybe the ‘dominions’ are different, but not for indigenous peoples of Australia & N Zealand (Source)

Carl Malamud@jamie_love I have. Wonderful book. (Source)

Ken JusterGreat to welcome renowned author @DalrympleWill to #RooseveltHouse. Excellent discussion with this warm and thoughtful writer about his new book “The Anarchy,” which broadens our understanding of India’s complex history. #CulturalDiplomacy (Source)

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