Critical Muslim | 19


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July 2016 9781849046749 256pp


Jeremy Henzell-Thomas goes for a long walk in the woods; Hester Koning argues that it is time we cherished nature;
J. E. Montgomery reads Al-Jahiz’s Book of Animals; Laura Hassan examines the concept of nature in Muslim philosophy; Mohammed Hashas explores the geopoetics of nature; Munjed M. Murad investigates Ibn Arabi’s thoughts on nature; Michael Wolfe visits St Francis of Assisi; Charles Upton looks at nature as symbol; Robert Crane suggests natural law is the way of Allah; Naomi Foyle discovers nature in Palestine; Shanon Shah is excited by nature and sexuality; Emma Clark is delighted with Islamic Gardens; and Zeshan Akhtar protects Scottish National Heritage.

Also in this issue: Scott Jordan on The Revenant; short stories by Tam Hussain and Linda Christanty; poems by Fadwa Soleiman, Tommy Evans, and Paul (Abdul Wadud) Sutherland; and Ziauddin Sardar’s top ten modern plagues.

Table of contents

Introduction: Out in the Open — Jeremy Henzell-Thomas
Concepts and Symbols — Charles Upton
Visions of Man and Nature — James E Montgomery
Investing God, Investigating Nature — Laura Hassan
Geopoetics — Mohammed Hashas
Return to Ibn Arabi — Munjed M Murad
Palestine and (Human) Nature — Naomi Foyle
Wild in the Forest — Zeshan Akhtar
Go Slow — Lali Zaibun Nisa
Our Multiple Selves — Shanon Shah
Islamic Gardens — Emma Clark


Only Connect — Daniel Dyer
Short Story – Abdal — Tam Hussain
Short Story – M and the Lake — Aamer Hussein
Six Poems — Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland
H2O — Tommy Evans


Postnormal Fathers — Scott Jordan
The Sea, The Sea — Rabia Barkatulla
Tightrope Walkers — Samia Rahman


Last Word on ‘The green, green grass of home’ — Merryl Wyn Davies
The List — Ziauddin Sardar’s Twelve Postnormal Plagues


Ziauddin Sardar is an award-winning, internationally renowned writer, futurist and cultural critic. A former New Statesman columnist and Equality and Human Rights Commissioner, he has authored many books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim; Reading the Qur'an; and Mecca: The Sacred City. He is editor of the influential quarterly Critical Muslim.  

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