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20) The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism - Deborah Baker

This will prove to be a very interesting read and I look forward to the discussion that will result. Here's the details:

"Pulitzer finalist Baker (A Blue Hand) unravels the often contradictory life of an American woman who became one of the pre-eminent voices of Islamic revivalism, in this stellar biography that doubles as a mediation on the fraught relationship between America and the Muslim world. Margaret Marcus was a secular Jew in Mamaroneck, N.Y., before she became fascinated with Islam and moved to Pakistan in 1962 and took the name Maryam Jameelah. Baker, who discovered the archive of Marcus's papers in the New York Public Library, carefully reconstructs her movements after her arrival in Lahore, Pakistan, using letters Marcus sent to her parents and articles she published in various Islamic magazines. Jameelah's criticism of the West is unwavering: she denounces American foreign policy, particularly its support of Israel, and secularism in general, insisting that law be derived from the Qur'an. As Baker digs deeper into her subject's difficult life—Jameelah's time in Pakistan grew increasingly strained—she ponders the effect Jameelah's writings on global jihad may have on today's al-Qaeda and Taliban. This is a cogent, thought-provoking look at a radical life and its rippling consequences."

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  • Chad D.

    Thanks for making it out to HP in the cold last night. Someone must have had difficulty driving home because you left your glasses at my place. If you are missing your specs give me a call or text... [masked]

    December 12, 2013

    • Marie W.

      Yes! Now you HAVE to come to the holiday party to bring my glasses! If you can't, I'll get a hold of you to grab them over the weekend.

      December 12, 2013

    • Chad D.

      You are sounding quite frisky Marie... I will stop by with your glasses.

      December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just missed my metra train, and i'm quite upset as I need to vent about this book to someone. The crazy good, crazy frustrating tale of crazy peggy.

    December 11, 2013

  • Liz B

    Bummer, my car crapped out today and I'm not sure I'm up for walking my pregnant butt over there since I only got halfway through the book. Hopefully I'll see ya'll at the holiday party though!

    December 11, 2013

  • Marie W.

    Email circulated with Chad's address! Check your inbox!

    December 10, 2013

  • Chad D.

    Lots to talk about in this book. Looking forward to the discussion. Bring your Burkas...

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Raymond

    I also finished the book, but might not be able to make it after all. I'll update my rsvp status.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just finished the book but turns out i'll be at work later than expected on Wednesday so I can no longer make it. Hope to join again next month!

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ugh don't say that, I was planning on reading the whole thing on tues

    December 7, 2013

  • Raymond

    This book is a tough one! How is everyone doing with it?

    December 6, 2013

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