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Book Reviews

Here are some reviews of books in the following fields of interest, Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations, World Religions, South Asian Studies, Postcolonial literature and Theology of Religion.

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Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India and the Mystic East by Richard King Click here to see my review (written for Modern Believing)

The Sikh Diaspora: The Search for Statehood by Darsham Singh Tatla. Click here to see my review (written for Journal of Church and State)


Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam by Reuven Firestone. Ckick here to see my review (written for Journal of Church and State)
A review of Nielsen, Towards A European Islam, Khare (ed), Perspectives on Islamic Law, Justice and Society, Soroush, Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam, Moghissi, Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis, and Awde,Women in Islam: An Anthology from the Qur'an and Hadiths. Written for Perspectives in Religious Studies click here for this review
Review of Ascent to the Depth of the Heart: The Spiritual Diary (1948 - 73) of Swami Abhishiktananda (Dom Henri Le Saux) selected and introduced by Raimon Panikkar, translated by David Flemming and James Stuart, written for Missiology: An International Review Go to this review
Review of In the Shadow of the Mahatma: Bishop V. S. Azariah and the Travails of Christianity in British India by Susan Billington Harper (written for Journal of Church and State) Go to this review
Review of Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship by Jeff Spinner-Halev, written for Journal of Church and State Go to this review
Review of Education, Religion and the Common Good: Advancing A Distinctly American Conversation About Religion's Role in our Shared Life by Martin Marty with Jonathan Moore, written for Journal of Church and State Go to this review

Review of  ISLAM AND THE VICTORIANS. Nineteenth Century Perception of Muslim Practices and Beliefs by Shahin Kuli Khan Khattak, written for Victorian Studies Go to this review


Review of Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World. By J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Written for Journal of Church and StateGo to this review.


Review of "Sicques, Tigers or Thieves": Eyewitness Accounts of the Sikhs (1606-1809). Edited by Amandeep Singh Madra and Parmjit Singh. Written for Journal of Church and State. Go to this review.


Review of The Enlightenment Qur'an by Ziad Elmarsafy. Written for Journal of Semitic Studies. Go to this review.


Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi'ism by Karen Ruffle. Published in the Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies (republished here with permission). Go to review.