Confessions of a bookaholic

I’ve been out and about at a few bookshops this evening. I’m studying usul al-fiqh at the moment and this little book looked rather good so I snapped it up


I know the feeling…


At first I thought this was a new book by Sam Shamoun…


This is actually a serious academic work


Can’t beat Kant


How to be bored? Just switch on the TV surely..


I’m speechless. No, I didn’t buy it


A new book about ISIS!


Categories: Books, Islam, London, Philosophy, Recommended Reading

9 replies

  1. “……….. this little book looked rather good so I snapped it up.”……..How many times do you have to be told that you must never judge a book by its cover?

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  2. That book on Usual al fiqh appears to be good….the book on how to think more about sex seems to be a good that is harmful for us to read.


  3. sorry I meant That book on Usual al fiqh appears to be good….

    the book on “how to think more about sex” seems to be a book (I accidentally wrote good instead of book) that is harmful for us to read.

    But maybe I am wrong because some of these points that are on the book cover I saw on the internet seem to be potentially good to read…

    “We don’t think too much about sex; we’re merely thinking about it in the wrong way.
    So asserts Alain de Botton in How to Think More About Sex, a rigorous and supremely honest book designed to help us navigate the intimate and exciting—yet often confusing and difficult—experience that is sex. Few of us tend to feel we’re entirely normal when it comes to sex, and what we’re supposed to be feeling rarely matches up with the reality. This book argues that twenty-first-century sex is ultimately fated to be a balancing act between love and desire, and adventure and commitment. Covering topics that include lust, fetishism, adultery, and pornography, Alain de Botton frankly articulates the dilemmas of modern sexuality, offering insights and consolation to help us think more deeply and wisely about the sex we are, or aren’t, having.”


  4. I want to clarify that the book on sex may not be that bad because from some comments, it appears that it does speak against the pornography and so on about it. But I have no idea since I did not read it and I don’t plan on reading it.

    Paul, please consider reading the following book…I have brought it a couple of days ago and it is mashallah brilliant and essential reading. It is published by the prestigious International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

    The book is entitled “Toward our Reformation: from Legalism to Value-Orientated Islamic Law and Jurisprudence” and it is by Mohammad Omar Farooq.

    The venerated jurist Taha Jabir Alwani, founder and former member of the Fish Council of North America who died in March (May Allah forgive him and reward him greatly. Ameen) wrote the preface for it.


  5. LOL, I meant Fiqh Council, not Fish Council but the spell check changes it….there should be some way to allow transliteration of other languages in the spell check program


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