In the last eight years—following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and the U.S-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—many novels about Muslim countries appeared in the United States book market primarily in response to American readers'' interest in learning more about these countries. Some of these works have enjoyed spectacular popularity. This thesis looks closely at two novels, The Kite Runner and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, to examine the relation between the different types of representation of Muslims and the larger political and economic relationship of the West and the Middle East.
So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited tojoin him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculateEnglish to seek you out. For her is more worldy than you might expect; bettertravelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And ashe tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream - and a Westernwoman - and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. Then the truereason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear...
Recently, development of Quranic Studies has been followed and directed by the progress of the social sciences, especially linguistic, semantic, and hermeneutic. To examine the text of the Quran from literary and linguistic point of view has attracted modernist researchers to this field. Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, for instance, says that it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that this kind of approach is the prospective approach in the future. According to him, Islamic studies and Quranic studies are based on the text. The studies of the Quran as a linguistic text bring us to use linguistic and literary studies. Thus, Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd adopts and employs the latest theories of linguistic, semiotic, and hermeneutic in his study of the Qur'an. This research is to discuss and focus on some important questions such as what is Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd’s explanation about the interpretation of the text in the Quran by using a linguistic perspective? how does he employ this approach in interpreting the Quran? and what are the effects of employing the linguistic approach in contemporary Quranic studies?
The Matrix meets Oliver Twist, WARP: The Reluctant Assassin is the first of a major new series by Eoin Colfer, the bestselling author of Artemis Fowl. It all began with the FBI and WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme). Hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future - until now... Riley is a Victorian orphan, hurtled into the twenty-first century and on the run from his evil master...Albert Garrick, the terrifying assassin-for-hire pursuing Riley through time, along with...Chevie Savano, the FBI's youngest and most impulsive special agent. As Garrick relentlessly hunts them down, Riley and Chevie face a desperate race to stay alive and stop Garrick from returning to his own time - armed with knowledge and power that could change the world forever.
Beyond the Nation deals with Third World women’s literary and cinematic intervention in the gendered discourse of the nation through a multicultural feminist reading of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus (2004) and Marziyeh Meshkini’s film The Day I Became a Woman (2000). The book argues for the texts’ production of the discourse of post-gendered nationalism and glocal national identity through subverting the binary logic of nationalist/fundamentalist and imperialist discourses, and charting a synthesis between silence/ speech, private/public, feminine/feminist and local/global.
When Elbow won the Mercury Prize in 2008 for their fourth studio album - The Seldom Seen Kid - the accolade followed an organic 17 year long career marked by four classic albums and a cult following that cast them in the role of Manchester's best kept music secret. Elbow started out at a time when great songs and evocative lyrics were not generally recognised. Their music transcended genre, age and image, eventually finding its own distinctive global audience as Guy Garvey evolved into one of the most brilliant and intriguing lyricists of recent times. Reluctant Heroes charts Elbow's long journey from humble roots through modest success to international recognition. It features interviews with the band and those close to them to form the most complete band history to date.
Edmund has escaped from his family into a lonely life. Returning for his mother's funeral he finds himself involved in the old, awful problems, together with some new ones. One by one his relatives reveal their secrets to a reluctant Edmund: illicit affairs, hidden passions, shameful scandals. And at the heart of it all, there is, as always, the family's loyal servant, the Italian girl.
Intelligent strategies for starting and growing a small business with minimal personal financial risk A comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs from one of the most successful business creators in recent years, The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits addresses the fears and misconceptions that many people have about starting their own businesses, walking prospective owners through the necessary decisions they need to make before even putting a business plan in place. Presenting solid, reliable strategies based on author Michael Masterson's own successful practices, and debunking some common illusions entrepreneurs have about their businesses, the book is a vital resource for anyone looking to avoid the pitfalls that threaten fledgling companies. Packed with insights from an entrepreneur who has launched and sold dozens of business, presented in a lively and conversational style Some 600,000 new businesses are launched each year and with an uncertain economy, more and more people are looking for a stream of income separate from their 9 to 5 job Filled with highly applicable advice that budding and professional entrepreneurs can start using immediately Essential reading for small business owners and both first time and established entrepreneurs, The Reluctant Entrepreneur presents the smart strategies on starting and growing a small business that can make launching your own company a cinch.