Odds and ends

“What Berkeley was to the antiwar movement of the sixties, the Islamic University of Gaza is to the holy-war crowd of the nineties” (153).
“She was watching a small tortoise make its uncertain way through the furrows of plowed earth” (163).
“The king’s deftness lay in containing fundamentalist influence without excluding it from the political process and driving it underground, as had happened in Algeria” (195).
“An Iranian-born friend who lives in London, a gentle, middle-aged woman who practices family medicine, says the only war she would willingly fight would be one to stop Islamic fundamentalism telling her how to live her life. She is a Zoroastrian, a member of the ancient Persian faith in which dark and light, good and evil are forever locked in a struggle for supremacy” (286).
Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, 1995.

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