Tagged: Book Meme

10 02 2008

Sumera has tagged me on this book meme, here are the rules:

 1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)

2. Open the book to page 123

3. Find the 5th Sentence.

4. Post the next 3 sentences

5. Tag 5 people


The nearest book to me meeting the above criteria is ‘Descartes – Key philosophical writings’ edited by Enrique chavez-Avizo.

“And inasmuch as often in this life greater rewards are offered for vice than for virtue, few people would prefer the right to the useful, were they restrained neither by the fear of God nor the expectations of another life. Although it is absolutely true that we must believe that there is a God, because we are so taught in the holy scriptures, and on the other hand we must believe the holy scriptures because they come from God. The reason for this is, that, faith being a gift of God, He who gives the grace to cause us to believe that He exists, we nevertheless could not place this argument before infidels, who might accuse us of reasoning in a circle.”

I tag Shahrzad, BubblesKhwab, Dr Marranci, and Amal


Dangerous Books

17 10 2007

Shahrzad tagged me. She says “i dont really believe that books can be that much dangerous. They can be motivation, yet that’s related to person, how much can be influanced by them! ”  I agree with her. Books can be a great source of  knowledge and may I also add, ‘power’, the ability to influence others and sometimes in mastering the art of oratory.

Total number of books?

I really don’t know how many, I have been reading since childhood and its something I cannot go to bed without. Def not 4000 :p

Last book read?

The Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun. A deep analysis and views on history, its collection, critique, including some detailed exposition of concepts which make and break civilisations, cultures, dynasties. What made him an expert was the fact that he was not merely an historians like all others, he was also a scientist, political theorist, economist, a philosopher, basically all in one, hence he was able to define basis of human civilisation with accuracy. A master piece in my opinion. This recent English translation is remarkable. Even though I am having to read some paragraphs several times to truely grasp the depth of Ibn Khaldun’s thoughts, nonetheless I am truly enjoying every bit of it and able to apply his theories on our modern dilemmas.

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich. Contains essays with detailed discussions and stats on the opperession caused by the western idea of ‘women’s liberation’. I have also referenced this in The equality of sexes debate.

Last book bought?

Freedom Next Time by John Pilger

Five meaningful Books?

From the hundreds of books I have read, there have only been a few which have provoked me to think, these are the books I can read over and over again and each time I read a new thought sprinkles in my head. There are at least a dozen, but I will name 5 randomly wihtout any order of preference

  1. Minhajul Abidin by Imam al-Ghazali
  2. Kitab tabaqat al-Kubra (Women of Madina) by Ibn Sa’d al-Baghdadi
  3. Milestones by Sayed Qutb
  4. Our Philosophy by Baqir al-Sadr
  5. 1984 by George Orwell

I would have tagged Bubbles as she has read books which I have not heard of and she is a real book worm. It seems she is still away doing her pg studies (what is that?). And Sumera has already tagged herself, so anyone reading this feel tagged! 😀