Cartoons, caliphates and cattiness in the Books page this week.
A. Faizur Rahman wrote a thoughtful review of The Caliph’s Splendor by Benson Bobrick. He ends it with a lovely bit of poetry:
Main tujhko batata hoon taqdeer-e-umam kya hai
Shamsheer-o-sana awwal, tawoos-o-rubaab aakhir.
(Let me tell you about the fate of Muslim nations,/ They begin with war and end in sensual indulgences.)
Ashley Tellis did not like Rabbit Rap by Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Michelle Farooqi.