Book ReviewLifestyleVolume 13 Issue # 13

The Islamic Connection: South Asia and the Gulf

The region inhabited by the largest number of Muslimsroughly 500 million-today is South Asia. In the course of the Islamization process that began in the eighth century, the region developed a distinct Indo-Islamic civilization that culminated in the Mughal Empire. In the Gulf, while paying lip service to the power centres, including Mecca and Medina, this civilization cultivated its own variety of Islam, which was based on Sufism.

Over the last fifty years, pan-Islamic ties have intensified between these two regions. Gathering together some of the best specialists on the subject, this volume explores these ideological, educational and spiritual networks, which have gained momentum due to political strategies, migration flows and increased communications. At stake are both the resilience of the civilization that imbued South

Asia with a specific identity and the relations between Sunnis and Shias in a region where Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a cultural proxy war. The Islamic Connectioninvestigates the nature and implications of the cultural, spiritual and socio-economic rapprochement between these two Islams.

Fire and Fury

Michael Wolff

The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing,   bestselling         author

Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:             What     President

Trump’s staff really thinks of him, what inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama, why FBI director James Comey was really fired, why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room, who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing, what the secret to communicating with Trump is, what the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers.

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

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