From The Medieval Review, a review of Arabic Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages: Poetry, Public Performance, and the Presentation of the Past by M. Samer Ali. From FiveBooks, Tariq Ramadan on Islam in the West. From New English Review, Emmet Scott on a series on Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited. From Rorotoko, Stephen J. Shoemaker on his book The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad's Life and the Beginnings of Islam. From LPBR, a review of The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East by Timur Kuran. From Frontline, “terrorism has no place in Islam”: An interview with Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, scholar of Islamic theology and jurisprudence and author of Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings; and it is not surprising that the legend of Saladin as a liberator who restored Arab pride and honour has acquired a renewed vogue. Sex and Islam do mix, but not in America. A review of Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins by Robert Spencer (and more). The King, the Mufti and the Facebook Girl: Who decides what is licit in Islam?

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