Salaam Dear Reader. The tide of the year turns. The monsoon darkens the sky and the edges of leaves glisten with silver raindrops. The mercury drops a little; the heat becoming slightly less oppressive for birds to rest and refuel...
As is our custom now for several years, at the start of December we start a poll for you to decide collectively the most significant books of the year. The poll is open now and closes on 8 December. We will announce inshaAllah the Readers’ Choice a week after that on 15 December.
Understand how various caliphates, dynasties, and regimes succeeded each other across time and across the globe, navigating epoch-defining matters such as the Industrial Revolution, Colonialism, Mercantilism, and the rise of nation-states.
Shaykh Faridduddin Attar's timeless allegory of the birds that go on a journey has been retold countless times since it was first written in the 12th century. The journey represents the path towards God and the birds encounter seven obstacles or 'valleys' that they have to overcome to attain their goal.