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Checking this out! I don't read fast but I am consistent :D

For work I read a lot of scientific papers so sadly I don't have too much energy to come home and read much of the political stuff that is still on my wish list. So there will probably be quite a lot of (science) fiction ...

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H-Pop (Paperback, Harper Collins India) No rating

"Can a song trigger a murder? Can a poem spark a riot? Can a book …

Finished the book. The final person out of three is Sandeep Deo who is a former journalist who started his own ethno-religious-nationalist publishing house and ecommerce platform. There is less in his section about him as a person than the other sections but that may be due to comparatively less exposure. What is discussed is how his story progresses from support of (the already very rightwing) leading BJP & Modi toward more and more Hindutva fringe people, first inside the BJP and then also outside of it. It was as interesting from a political perspective (as someone not from India) as the first two parts but the writing style definitely changed, perhaps because access to people around Sandeep was different than to the people around the other two.

You could criticize the book for it's style since it is quite different to most research books into extreme right political people. …

H-Pop (Paperback, Harper Collins India) No rating

"Can a song trigger a murder? Can a poem spark a riot? Can a book …

So far I am really enjoying this book and I am learning a lot. It is different than I expected, focusing not just on the spread of extreme right wing Hindutva through popular music (via youtube and live performance), but also on popular poetry (via kavi sammelans, public poetry events). The book will also discuss journalism/youtube influencing but have not reached that part yet.

The style (which was the surprising thing) is that each of the three topics are told through a prominent individual within that movement, respectively Kavi Singh (and her adoptive father), Kamal Agney, and Sandeep Deo. The author has clearly spent a lot of time with them and spoken to the people around them but does so while fully contextualising their ideas in terms of disinformation.

The book is well researched, the author has very obviously put a lot of time into it and I am enjoying …

reviewed Wees onzichtbaar by Murat Isik

Wees onzichtbaar (Paperback, 2017, Ambo|Anthos, AmboAnthos) 4 stars

Coming of age in the Bijlmermeer

4 stars

This is a coming of age story about a Zaza (Eastern Anatolian culture) child in the Netherlands tackling the intricacies of having an immigrant background and an abusive father in a poverty stricken neighbourhood during the late 80s early 90s heroin crisis. And yes, it's as dire as it sounds but simultaneously, it is just so nice to read a book about this neighbourhood where I also lived at that time (though in much better circumstances than the main character) which highlights the good with the bad -and- lays the blame where it's supposed to be, with the government who let the area down from its inception, rather than placing it (like all the media did at the time) with the residents. Much love for this book for that reason.

Scheherazade Goes West (Paperback, 2001, Washington Square Press) 5 stars

Fatema Mernissi, the world-renowned Islamic feminist, has shed unprecedented light on the lives of women …

I highly recommend this book by a renowned Moroccan feminist and sociologist to anyone who considers themselves a feminist and also to anyone who might have preconceived notions about Islam and feminism. I feel it has aged well (2001). It was written in a very personal and easy to read way and it has a playfulness & storytelling quality to it which I don't think you find a lot in academic works. I so rarely get exposed to critiques of the western form of patriarchy from the perspective of a non-western feminist who also isn't living in a western country. Very unique read for me and am certainly interested in reading some of her other works at some stage.