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Mar 26th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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maxwell - give me a hint - subject? I couldn't find a "nationalnews" listing. Thanks.
 
Mar 26th, 2007, 04:52 PM
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Sandi - see if this link works. The title of the article is "New Translation Prompts Debate on Islamic Verse." I wish I could re-visit the Syrian women I spent time with last fall to get their opinion on all of this!

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/us...=5070&emc=eta1



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Mar 26th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Speaking of Wilbur Smith:

http://allafrica.com/stories/200703260840.html

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Mar 27th, 2007, 06:02 AM
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maxwell -

Thanks. The link worked. A most important read; let's see where it leads???

Also interesting comments in "Infidel" re what Islam has provided the world, i.e., the 0 (zero), with further comment (to parphrase) "and, that was in the 12th century."

No biblical scholar me, but both the Hebrew and Christian bibles have their interpretations. The Christian bible (with it's many versions) presents iterpretations of Peter, Mathew, John, etc. with deviations, and even more current, just today, a discussion as to the role of Judas and the miracles of Jesus. And, think of the books of the events of those days weren't included in the Christian bible used today. The Hebrew bible is interpreted in the Talmud, since almost the beginning which is studied and reinterpreted to this day. Same should be done with the Koran.

Considering all of these holy texts were written years/centuries after the events, can anyone know how many truths they hold? The 21st century is just so far removed.

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Mar 27th, 2007, 08:23 AM
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Amen to that!
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Mar 27th, 2007, 01:58 PM
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Zero was invented by Indian mathematicians thousands of years before the Arabs. This is one of those oft repeated untruths everyone thinks they "know" is true.
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Mar 27th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Appreciated. My comment based on what was mentioned in the book. When it comes to numbers, I was absent the day they taught fractions! And don't ask me anything about algebra

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Mar 27th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Just started "Casting With a Fragile Thread, A Story of Sisters and Africa" by Wendy Kann and am almost done with "Sahara" by Michael Palin. Alexandra Fuller, author of "Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight," which I loved, highly recommended the former and so far, it's very enjoyable.
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Apr 4th, 2007, 11:55 PM
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Hi,

wow - there are some good books here that I have noted for future reading. I'm currently reading 'Last orders at Harrods' by Michael Holman which is a novel that might appeal to fans of the Precious Ramotswe series.

Two new books coming soon that I am keen to read are 'Too close to the sun' by Sara Wheeler which is a biography of Denys Finch Hatton and the new book by Peter Godwin called 'When a crocodile eats the sun'

Cheers,

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Apr 5th, 2007, 05:58 AM
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Inside the International Jihad by Omar Nasiri. It is pertinent not only for the world but also to modern day Africa.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 05:59 AM
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Howdy Calo - I would be interested in your assesment of Dark Star Safari...

i have read about 6 chapters - still on my bed head waiting for the next read.. but somehow ,didn't engage. i am sure others have loved it - but please do come back and let us know!

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Apr 5th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

Sets out his argument on why religion is a waste of time and why there is little evidence for the existence of god. For those who havent heard of Dawkins, he's a professor at Oxford University, a modern day Darwinian and the author of The Selfish Gene.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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'Wild Life', a superb coffee table book by Zambia's leading wildlife photographer, Francois d'Elbee, with text by Vic Guhrs (author of 'The Trouble with Africa'). Great pictures and a lot of nice (and informative) stories about the people of the Luangwa Valley. A must for every Zambia fan. You can order it at www.luangwawildlifebook.com.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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"My Traitor's Heart" by Rian Malan about South Africa, apartheid, africaaners and so on. This is a terrific book. The Malan family goes back to the earliest days of white settlement in Cape Town but it's Rian's frank description of modern life in SA is gripping.

Dark Star Safari was full of bad karma for me . . . Delighted to learn that Peter Godwin has a new book -- off to amazon I go.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 09:28 PM
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I thought everyone would be interested to know that I finished the book "Three Years With The 92d Illinois", the diary of a Union Army Civil War soldier. Highly recommended. I am now reading "Sherman's Horsemen" by David Evans. It is also about the Civil War, the subtitle is "Union Cavalry Operations in the Atlanta Campaign"
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Jun 14th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Topping this because I was just reading that Chinua Achebe won the Booker Prize! I think I'm going to go back and re-read Things Fall Apart. Or take a crack at Home and Exile.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 03:26 PM
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I'm reading Desert Queen about Gertrude Bell and her travels in the middle east. She was a smart, gutsy woman who was born in Victorian England but fell in love with the desert life. I'm about a third of the way through it.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 03:34 PM
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Well I finished A Long Way Gone and set out to do a back to back Patricia Cornwell with The Last Precinct & Blowfly.

I am 200 pages into Blowfly and I am like "What in blazes is going on here?!?! Everything is upside down!
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Jun 14th, 2007, 04:33 PM
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A little wisecracking sports agent called Myron Bolitar.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 04:34 PM
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"Malaria Dreams, An African Adventure" by Stuart Stevens. Recommended by someone on another thread. Very entertaining!
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