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Qur’an and Cricket: Travels Through the Madrasahs of Asia and Other Stories

FARISH A. NOOR (b. 1967 – ) is a political scientist and historian and is an Associate Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Silverfish Books (Second Edition, 2009)
288 pages


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Qur’an and Cricket: Travels Through the Madrasahs of Asia and Other Stories is a travelogue by Farish A. Noor that spans the period from 2004 to early 2009. Versions of many of these pieces have appeared elsewhere before, but many have been completely rewritten. This is a book that only Farish A Noor will attempt and can write. He visits locations we would like to avoid even in our worst nightmares. Although he writes with his sense of humour firmly in place throughout, that does not obscure the seriousness of the subject. Farish A Noor, academic, activist, traveller extraordinaire, visits, lives and interviews students (and others) in ‘jihad factory’ madrasahs (Islamic seminaries) from Patani to Pakistan and from Kashmir to Cairo, and comes away dazed and confused. In attempting to make sense of it all, he ends up confronting his own demons and nightmares.

The Nomad’s Prayer

The Long Road to the Present

The Battle of Light and Darkness

Qur’an and Cricket: Touring the Madrasahs of Pakistan

Reign of the Kalashnikov

The Last Days of Empire

Welcome to FBI-stan

Kipling’s Cat

Deoband, the Great

Vale of Tears

Forgotten Nation

Cold Turkey in Kandy

Fire and Brimstone

Santri: Another Look at the Pesantren al-Mukmin

The Merchant of Memories

In the Land of the Living Shadows

Rat Pancake

Saigon, The Devouring City

In the Shadow of Ataturk

A Dialogue in Hell


Another Country, Another Election

Land of Bleeding Smiles

That Quaint Little War Up North

Seeking Durga

Weight0.381 kg
Dimensions20.7 × 14.5 × 1.6 cm




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