JEDDAH: With the arrival of Ramadan, Muslims looking to discover more about their religion can read books that will help them to understand their rich and vibrant history and help them fall in love with their faith. Arab News has compiled a list of books that might be read during the holy month.
First on the list is the biography of “Umar bin Khattab (Volume 1 and Volume 2)” by Dr. Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee who attempts to encapsulate the life of the second caplih. He has lived a life that is full of lessons for Muslims; his exemplary stories of incessant hardships and how he overcame those adversities in the light of Islam continues to inspire generations.
The second book that we recommend is “Ninety-Nine: The Higher Power” by Allaa Awad, a young Saudi author and poetess. It takes the reader on a spiritual journey using a distinctive concept. The poetess has written 99 poems, each poem highlights the greatness of the names of Allah.  While reading each poem the reader gets to learn something new about each of Allah’s names and understands how he can connect with his Creator.
The second book that we recommend is ‘Ninety-Nine: The Higher Power’ by Allaa Awad, a young Saudi author and poetess. It takes the reader on a spiritual journey using a distinctive concept. The poetess has written 99 poems, each poem highlights the greatness of the names of Allah. While reading each poem the reader gets to learn something new about each of Allah’s names and understands how they can connect with their Creator.
“Islam: A Short History,” by Karen Armstrong, sheds light on the misunderstandings around Islam and beautifully captures the religion’s true essence. The book is not only informative for non-Muslims, but Muslims will also find information that will help them to understand their faith better. The book outlines the migration of Prophet Muhammad and his family from Makkah to Madinah. It also covers the spread of religion from Africa to Asia to the Levant.
“Don’t Be Sad” by Aaidh Al-Qarni is a self-help book for Muslims and a perfect read for Ramadan. Since Ramadan is a month when people are trying to make positive changes in their life, both physically and mentally, this gives practical advice based on the Qur’an and Sunnah and provides examples that many can relate to and understand.
With technological advances, many Muslims tend to not read the Qur’an in its physical form and prefer the ease of access of electronic versions. However, it has been a concern that many of the online versions available are not accurate. There are only a handful of apps and websites that are accurate and constantly update their systems to provide the best experience to the reader.
Qur’an for Android is perfect for users who simply want to recite the Qur’an itself, and for those who seek to delve deeper into the holy book. It provides multiple translations and features include audio recordings for those looking to improve their recitations and bookmarks for convenience. Qur’anLite is an app that is available on iOS devices as well as Android devices. Qur’ is a website for readers who want to access the holy book online.
As the only African nation, with the exception of Liberia, to remain independent during the colonization of the continent, Ethiopia has long held significance for and captivated the imaginations of African Americans.
In Black Land, Nadia Nurhussein delves into 19th- and 20th-century African American artistic and journalistic depictions of Ethiopia, illuminating the increasing tensions and ironies behind cultural celebrations of an African country asserting itself as an imperial power.
Nurhussein navigates texts by Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Pauline Hopkins, Harry Dean, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, George Schuyler, and others, alongside images and performances that show the intersection of African America with Ethiopia during historic political shifts.
From a description of a notorious 1920 Star Order of Ethiopia flag-burning demonstration in Chicago to a discussion of the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie as Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1935, Nurhussein illuminates the growing complications that modern Ethiopia posed for American writers and activists.
Authors: Quinn Slobodian and Dieter Plehwe
Where does free market ideology come from? Recent work on the neoliberal intellectual movement around the Mont Pelerin Society has allowed for closer study of the relationship between ideas, interests, and institutions. Yet even as this literature brought neoliberalism down to earth, it tended to reproduce a European and American perspective on the world.
With the notable exception of Augusto Pinochet’s Chile, long seen as a laboratory of neoliberalism, the new literature followed a story of diffusion as ideas migrated outward from the Global South. Even in the most innovative work, the cast of characters remains surprisingly limited, clustering around famous intellectuals like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek.
Market Civilizations redresses this absence by introducing a range of characters and voices active in the transnational neoliberal movement from the Global South and Eastern Europe.
Authors: Paul Sterry and Andrew Cleave
The rugged and beautiful coastal regions of Britain and Ireland are among the crowning glories of these islands. Few visitors can fail to marvel at the stunning sight of Cornwall’s clifftops resplendent with flowering Thrift, or be struck by the resilience of plants that thrive on the inhospitable shingle beaches of Dungeness on the coast of Kent.
This field guide covers more than 600 species of wildflowers and other coastal flora found in Britain and Ireland, and coastal mainland Northwest Europe. Detailed species accounts describe wildflowers, grasses, sedges and rushes that occur on the coast or in abundance within sight of the sea.
Author: William A. Harris
By the time a baby is born, its brain is equipped with billions of intricately crafted neurons wired together through trillions of interconnections to form a compact and breathtakingly efficient supercomputer. Zero to Birth takes you on an extraordinary journey to the very edge of creation, from the moment of an egg’s fertilization through each step of a human brain’s development in the womb—and even a little beyond.
As pioneering experimental neurobiologist W. A. Harris guides you through the process of how the brain is built, he takes up
the biggest questions that scientists have asked about the developing brain, describing many of the thrilling discoveries that were foundational to our current understanding.
Authors: Richard J. Light and Allison Jegla
Becoming Great Universities highlights 10 core challenges that all colleges and universities face and offers practical steps that everyone on campus—from presidents to first-year undergraduates—can take to enhance student life and learning.
This incisive book, written in a friendly and engaging style, draws on conversations with presidents, deans, and staff at hundreds of campuses across the country as well as scores of in-depth interviews with students and faculty.
They offer concrete ways to facilitate constructive interactions among students from different backgrounds, create opportunities for lifelong learning and engagement, and inspire students to think globally.

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