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Friends Journal Books, March 2018

This month鈥檚 reviews include Never Can I Write of Damascus by Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck; Holistic Islam by Kabir Helminski; Trouble in the Tribe by Dov Waxman; We Will Not Be Silenced by William I. Robinson and Maryam S. Griffin; On Antisemitism by Jewish Voices for Peace; The Three Abrahamic Testament by Ejaz Naqvi; White and Black by Mohammad Sabaaneh.


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Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home

By Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck. Just World Books, 2016. 272 pages. $24.99/paperback. The title of this excellent memoir comes from a poet much loved in Syria, Nizar Qabbani, who lived from 1923 to 1998: Never can I write of Damascus without my fingers becoming a trellis for her jasmine. Nor can my mouth speak [鈥

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting, instructor in Brown鈥檚 Nonfiction Writing Program, and author of The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir.


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Holistic Islam: Sufism, Transformation, and the Challenge of Our Time

By Kabir Helminski. White Cloud Press, 2017. 140 pages. $14.95/Paperback; $13.99/eBook. Kabir Edmund Helminski is a well-known American writer on spirituality, and he brings to us the valuable point of view of someone who had reached adulthood before embracing Islam. He is co-director of the Sufi Threshold Society and a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order [鈥

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. He has traveled to the Muslim world several times on visits to his Arab in-law family.


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Trouble in the Tribe; We Will Not Be Silenced; On AntiSemitism

Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel By Dov Waxman. Princeton University Press, 2016. 316 pages. $29.95/Hardcover; $19.95/Paperback; $29.95/eBook. We Will Not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel鈥檚 Critics Edited by William I. Robinson and Maryam S. Griffin. AK Press, 2017. 222 pages. $19.95/Paperback; $19.95/eBook. On AntiSemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle [鈥

Steve Chase is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting and currently serves as the Manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he is the author of the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights (reviewed in our October 2017 issue). He is also a regular contributor to Minds of the Movement, an ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance.


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The Three Abrahamic Testaments: How the Torah, Gospels, and Qur鈥檃n Hold the Keys for Healing Our Fears

By Ejaz Naqvi. White Cloud Press, 2017. 308 pages. $21.99/Paperback. Ejaz Naqvi, a practicing physician specializing in chronic pain management, is also a practicing Muslim. Recognizing the bio-psychosocial aspects of a holistic approach to pain, he applies a similar analysis to the fear many have of Islam and Muslims, leading to mistrust and hate. The [鈥

Max L. Carter retired in 2015 as the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College. He and his wife continue to lead annual service-learning trips to Palestine and Israel and volunteer at the Friends Schools in Ramallah.


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Where Do Dreams and Dreaming Go? White and Black

Where Do Dreams and Dreaming Go? A Palestinian Quaker in America By May Mansoor Munn, edited by Ann Walton Sieber. Anemone Press, 2017. 165 pages. $15/Paperback White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine. By Mohammad Saba鈥檃neh. Just World Books, 2017. 193 pages. $19.95/Paperback. May Mansoor Munn and Mohammad Saba鈥檃neh could hardly be more different in [鈥

Karie Firoozmand is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore. She edits the book review column for Friends Journal.


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