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بسمه تعالى و تقدس

السلام عليكم

I am looking for book recommendations on several topics:

1. The Iranian revolution (Arabic/English, both are fine)

2. Similar books to Edward Said's Orientalism (Arabic/English, both are fine)

3. Books of about revolutions throughout human existence. (Arabic/English, both are fine)

4. Looking for an English book about Imam Al-Hussain. I would like to give it as a gift to my professor, so looking for one of the best books out there.

Thank you for taking the time.

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Wa alaikum assalam,

As for 4, and if you want it to be Karbala-specific, then there's Sheikh al-Gharawi's revised edition of Abu Mikhnaf's account on Karbala (in English), and Ayatollah Muhammad-Sadiq Najmi's From Medina to Karbala In the Words of Imam Al-Hussain, which is a comprehensive compilation of the Imam's (as) speeches, letters etc. The English translations of these discourses are accompanied by the Arabic original and supplemented with full references.

If you want more of a biographical account then I only know of The Life of Imam Hussain (a): Research and Analysis by Allama Sharif al-Qarashi. The problem with this is that most of the book is dominated political discussions regarding the rules of different caliphs; at times not much is said about the Imam (as) himself. It also lacks references in many places. (I personally wouldn't recommend it to a western professor but that's your choice).


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