A Muslim in Victorian America:The Life of Alexander Russell Webb Umar F. Abd-Allah
Islam and the Victorians:Nineteenth Century Perceptions of Muslim Practices and Beliefs Shahin Kuli Khan Khattak
Everybody imagines the world´s most interesting man to be a fictional, gray-haired lothario who drinks Mexican beer and boasts of his legendary exploits. But what if a man like this really lived? It turns out he did, and there were two of them--both Victorian explorers. The first was Richard Franics Burton, an adventurer who learned 29 languages, went undercover as a Muslim on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and wrote 50 books on topics ranging from a translation of the Kama Sutra to a manual on bayonet exercises. The second was Sir Richard Stanley, who led a massive expedition through Africa to find Dr. Livingston. By the time of his death in 1904, he had explored much of the continent and developed much of the interior. Stanley´s greatest expedition was his 1874-1877 crossing of Africa on foot to the mouth of the Congo, traveling more than 7,000 miles and contending with the threat of malaria, unknown wild animals in the jungle, unfriendly tribesmen, harsh weather conditions, worries about running out of food, and any number of incomprehensible threats to their lives on that dangerous voyage. Learn about the lives of these two extraordinary men and how a beer pitchman could never hope to live up to them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029322/bk_acx0_029322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pankaj Mishra´s provocative account of how China, India and the Muslim World are remaking the world in their own image - shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2013 Viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, the Victorian period was experienced by Asians as a catastrophe. As the British gunned down the last heirs to the Mughal Empire or burned down the Summer Palace in Beijing, it was clear that for Asia to recover a new way of thinking was needed. Pankaj Mishra re-tells the history of the past two centuries, showing how a remarkable, disparate group of thinkers, journalists, radicals and charismatics emerged from the ruins of empire to create an unstoppable Asian renaissance, one whose ideas lie behind everything from the Chinese Communist Party to the Muslim Brotherhood, and have made our world what it is today. Reviews: ´Arrestingly original ... this penetrating and disquieting book should be on the reading list of anybody who wants to understand where we are today´ John Gray, Independent ´A riveting account that makes new and illuminating connections ... deeply entertaining and deeply humane´ Hisham Matar ´Fascinating ... a rich and genuinely thought-provoking book´ Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph ´Provocative, shaming and convincing´ Michael Binyon, The Times ´Lively ... engaging ... retains the power to shock´ Mark Mazower, Financial Times ´Subtle, erudite and entertaining´ Economist, New Delhi About the author: Pankaj Mishra is the author of Butter Chicken in Ludiana, The Romantics, An End to Suffering and Temptations of the West. He writes principally for the Guardian, The New York Times, London Review of Books and New York Review of Books. He lives in London, Shimla and New York.