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Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali

Hosted by the Consul of the Brussels Book Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 24 Sep 16:30 - 18:30

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A book about a theme that could not be more 'hot' than nowadays !

Join us for a good discussion on the book 'Shadows of the Pomagranate Tree', an historical novel by British Pakistani writer Tariq Ali, first published in Protected content .

The first of Ali’s Islam quintet, a series of historical novels about the confrontations between Islamic and Christian cultures, this novel is set shortly after the reconquista of Kingdom of Granada in Muslim Spain by the army of Ferdinand and Isabella in the late fifteenth century.

Beginning with the bonfire of over one hundred thousand books taken from all of the Muslim libraries in Cordoba, a seat of great learning in Moorish Spain, the story focuses on one family, the Banu Hudayl, who have lived in a small village near Cordoba for hundreds of years. As rumors begin to circulate of humiliations and possible banishments of Muslims by the conquering Christians, and even forced conversions to Christianity the Banu Hudayl and their fellow villagers, Muslim, Christian and Jew, can only wait in anguish for the approaching disaster.

A very promising subject, but even if you don't manage to finish the book, do join us for an open and inspiring discussion about the work, the author and the topics related to this work.

Looking forward to seeing you all for another wonderful gathering,