May 10, 2006
Sheikh Sultan's ripping read
Newly translated into English, the Sheikh of Sharjah has written a historical novel, "Deep-Seated Malice", about 15th-century Portuguese conqueror, Afonso de Alberquerque. It relates his "obsessive pursuit" to control and exploit the resources of the Gulf and India, and the fact that he was prepared to "ransack the Holy Ka'aba in the Holy City of Makkah, use the remains of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) as ransom for territorial concessions".
Alberquerque's ugly contempt for the Islamic world and his lust for the resources of the East are reminiscent of many similar attempts since his time. The book ends with the death of Alberquerque and the question: "But was the deep-seated malice buried with him? Or has it remained one of the characteristics of colonialism to this very day?"
It will be available from Saqi but isn't on their website yet.
Posted by secretdubai at May 10, 2006 04:16 AM
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