Vali Nasr's "Shi'a Revival"

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Vali Nasr's "Shi'a Revival"

Postby uncle janko » Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:50 pm

This book is elegantly written with great historical depth and sensitivity. Dr Nasr is Shi'a and teaches at the Naval PG School.

I liked this book better than the similar one by Yitzhak Nakash because it was focussed on tradition and culture more than up to the minute politics. For that, Nakash's book is quite good. Nasr is also a whizbang of a prose stylist, while Nakash is not.
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Postby mattchand » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:08 am

Hi UJ,

Thanks for the book recommendation. Dr. Nasr's scholarship is widely respected.

Another fascinating book which gives some very interesting insights to Shi'a life in Iraq during the monarchy is Elizabeth Warnock Fernea's Guests of the Sheik.

Peace,

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Postby uncle janko » Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:21 am

He is also the son of the esteemed Muslim theologian Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
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