#Forbiddennovel: Excerpt #2

Facing a Violent Death It took me a long time to write this piece in chapter one. After many rewrites and my editor's red pen, I'm loving the introduction of the first main character, Eliza MacKay, a reluctant heroine. She exists in a mental hell. Somehow, she manages to muster up enough anger and courage to face …

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Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as wearing a headscarf) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world's general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs?

Forbidden: Allah’s Wrath Versus Family Loyalty

Captain Sharif 's choice. Protect his family = his soul will be damned. Follow Allah = loss of family What ever your chosen religion or beliefs, have you had to make a decision that was in direct conflict with those 'rules'? What if your life depended upon stepping away from those sacred tenants. Could you sacrifice your …

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