Book Review

Smart Jews The Construction of the Image of Jewish Superior Intelligence by Sander L. Gilman University of Nebraska Press, 246 pages, $40.00 ($15.00 paper). Reviewed by Lauren Weiner

Society February 21, 2017 [CIP Note: In the current global crisis, Muslims of all descriptions must contend with stereotyping as uniformly extreme, and self-hatred on the part of those who try to appease prejudice by distorting the heritage of Islam…
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Christianity and Freedom Vol. II, Contemporary Perspectives by Allen D. Hertzke and Samuel Shah, eds. Cambridge, 518 pp., $145.50 Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz

First Things Blog May 6, 2016 This volume accompanies another substantial collection, Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1, Historical Perspectives, prepared by the same editors. Professor Hertzke is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences as well as the…
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Reasoning with God. Reclaiming Shari’ah in the Modern Age by Khaled Abou El Fadl Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. 556 pp. $50. Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz

Middle East Quarterly Spring 2016 Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at the University of California, Los Angeles, has produced a dense and wordy work that amounts to an encyclopedia of evasion. Endorsed by international Islamist “rock star”…
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Shi’i Islam: An Introduction by Najam Haider Cambridge University Press, 244 pp. $27.99, paper. Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz

Middle East Quarterly Fall 2015 Haider’s volume is by no means an introduction to the Shiite tradition in Islam. Rather, it is the author’s analysis of features of Shiism that have drawn his attention, emphasizing details that for a reader…
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The Life and Work of Sheh Tahir Kanaqi Jeta dhe Veprimtaria e Sheh Tahir Kanaqit (In Albanian) by Behlul Kanaqi and M.A. Ulqin, Mal i Zi, Harmonia, 289 pp., price not shown. Reviewed by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz. (Chief Editor)

Illyria [New York] August 27, 2015 Sheh Tahir Kanaqi, a representative of the Rufai [Sunni] Sufi order (tariqat), lived from 1908 to 1985. He is one of the most important representatives of the Islamic meditative tradition in the Albanian lands…
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American Apostles When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam by Christine Leigh Heyrman Hill & Wang, 352 pages, $28.00. Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz

First Things Blog  August 25, 2015 The author of this book, a professor of history at the University of Delaware, is an academic of diverse interests, having published volumes on the maritime communities of colonial Massachusetts and the origins of…
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