The Butterfly Effect: On Rajia Hassib’s “A Pure Heart”
Can a novel that squanders a tantalizing premise ever recover? Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Rajia Hassib’s “A Pure Heart.”
Love in the Time of Slavery: On Ayesha Harruna Attah’s “The Hundred Wells of Salaga”
Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews the layered and thought-provoking novel "The Hundred Wells of Salaga" by Ayesha Harruna Attah.
Between IS and God: What Must Be Understood
A top scholar of the Islamic State gets inside the story of the movement.
The History of Popularity
Rayyan Al-Shawaf on David Hajdu's "Love for Sale: Pop Music in America."
Is Islamist-Secularist a Contradiction in Terms?
How oxymoronic is “Islamic-Secularist”? Owen says plenty, but that some hybrid is inevitable.
A Chaotic Chronicle
Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Jessica Valenti’s memoir “Sex Object”.
Upbringing Is All
Daphne Merkin: “For people who have never had a childhood, being a grown-up isn’t where the glamour is.”
Are There Universal Human Rights or Not?
Yes, Muslim women DO need saving, sometimes, says our critic.