The Kindness of Enemies

The Kindness of Enemies

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History professor Natasha is researching the life of Imam Shamil, a 19th-century Muslim leader who led a resistance against Russia during the Caucasian War. She discovers that Oz, one of her students, is descended from the historical figure and also possesses his legendary sword. As their relationship intensifies, Natasha is forced to confront issues of her own Muslim heritage in the post-9/11 world.
While researching the life of a 19th-century Muslim leader who led a resistance against Russia during the Caucasian War, a history professor discovers that one of her students is descended from the historical figure and also possesses his sword.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780802124487
0802124488
Branch Call Number: FIC ABOULEL
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 24 cm

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brangwinn
Jul 07, 2016

A great story relevant to current events. Natasha is half Russian half Sudanese. Her Russian mother met her father when he was going to college in Russia and moved to Sudan with him. The marriage ended and Natasha moved with her mother and new step-father to his native country of Scotland. She took the Anglo-Saxon last name of her step-father and buried her Muslim past. Her Muslim heritage remained a part of her. As a college professor she taught Muslim studies and in particular about Jihad. Through the friendship of popular British Muslim actress and the actress’ son who has been pulled into police headquarters for terrorist connections, she reconnects her religious heritage. Along with this modern story is the story of a Muslim leader in the mid-1800’s intent on jihad against the Russian empire. The reader comes away with more of an understanding on what it is like for moderate Muslims who live in western cultures today.

multcolib_darceem Apr 08, 2016

I’ve never been disappointed by Leila Aboulela and her latest book is my favorite so far. If you enjoy past-present parallel stories, vivid historical fiction or thought-provoking books that challenge widely held assumptions about cultures and faiths, this is a fantastic book for you!

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