Religion, Culture; Continent: Europe, Africa, Asia

Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad by Brian A. Catlos Terms like “jihad” and “caliphate” get batted around Western media; this book offers some context for those ideas 390 pages (324 without Glossary, Notes and Background Reading) Oof! This book felt dense after breezing through […]

Book 19; Continent: Africa, Asia

After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton 256 pages (Notes and Acknowledgments begin page 211) Let calls go to voicemail while you are in the 7th century desert. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims after watching […]