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Before Orthodoxy by Shahab Ahmed
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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"For a moment a phrase tried to take shape in my mouth and my lips parted like a dumb man’s, as though there was more struggling upon them than a wisp of startled air. But they made no sound, and what I had almost remembered was uncommunicable foreve ...more
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What Is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed
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Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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They say never judge a book by its cover and that could not be more true of MucCllers' masterpiece. The portraits she draws of the different characters speak loudly and convincingly of the social ailments in the South last century venturing beyond lo ...more
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Out of Place by Edward Said
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My father was ideologically anti-sentimental, this is how Said described his father's attitude towards him. This sentence eloquently sums up the Said's struggle with patriarchy. The level of self-awareness in his reflections is moving.
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Oscar Wilde
“What of Art?
-It is a malady.
--Love?
-An Illusion.
--Religion?
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
--You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
--What are you?
-To define is to limit.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Erich Fromm
“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. 'Patriotism' is its cult...Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”
Erich Fromm

نجيب محفوظ
“قد تجلى الله للأنبياء ونحن أحوج منهم إلى ذاك التجلي. وعندما نتحسس موضعنا في البيت الكبير المسمى بالعالم فلن يصيبنا إلا الدوار.”
نجيب محفوظ, Miramar

Nikolai Gogol
“What grief is not taken away by time? What passion will survive an unequal battle with it? I knew a man in the bloom of his still youthful powers, filled with true nobility and virtue, I knew him when he was in love, tenderly, passionately, furiously, boldly, modestly, and before me, almost before my eyes, the object of his passion - tender, beautiful as an angel - was struck down by insatiable death. I never saw such terrible fits of inner suffering, such furious scorching anguish, such devouring despair as shook the unfortunate lover. I never thought a man could create such a hell for himself, in which there would be no shadow, no image, nothing in the least resembling hope... They tried to keep an eye on him; they hid all instruments he might have used to take his own life. Two weeks later he suddenly mastered himself: he began to laugh, to joke; freedom was granted him, and the first thing he did was buy a pistol. One day his family was terribly frightened by the sudden sound of a shot. They ran into the room and saw him lying with his brains blown out. A doctor who happened to be there, whose skill was on everyone's lips, saw signs of life in him, found that the wound was not quite mortal, and the man, to everyone's amazement, was healed. The watch on him was increased still more. Even at the table they did not give him a knife to and tried to take away from him anything that he might strike himself with; but a short while later he found a new occasion and threw himself under the wheels of a passing carriage. His arms and legs were crushed; but again they saved him. A year later I saw him in a crowded room; he sat at the card table gaily saying 'Petite ouverte,' keeping one card turned down, and behind him, leaning on the back of his chair, stood his young wife, who was sorting through his chips.”
Nikolai Gogol, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

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