Sketches of Arabian Ambience, Modern Humour, Mix in Radical New Collection

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Raad Chalabi’s sequel to “The Bazaar” looks lightly at the political complexities of the modern world and gives readers shots of humourous wisdom with a friendly smile

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Like that most ubiquitous institution of Arab markets, the bazaar, Raad Chalabi’s Sketches for the Politically Incorrect welcomes everyone to its shelves that might contain anything from the fine filigrees of Damascene steel art to rugs woven into complexity by a shepherd’s wife’s sleepless nights in a cave in Anatolia. It follows Ramiz Alkishin’s radically famous debut volume, The Bazaar. Here again, we find Ramiz Alkishin the wise, friendly grocer. The wares that he presents are humourous sketches with Smileys that make fun at the many pretensions that mankind puts into and lionises in the popular view, whether from the powerful who are stricken with satyriasis or the just plain mean who just want to strike out at something.

Those familiar with the nitty-gritty, rough-and-tumble world of the Arabian bazaar will find this book a lucky find in modern bookshelves. Chalabi brings some tenets of Arabian and Persian philosophy in to support his gladly-Quixotic fight against the windmills of popular opinion and its foibles. These foibles, though, do not only exist in the mind, they are entrenched in all kinds of modern places and things where the weirdness of the aforementioned pretensions have been powerful enough to create their physical expressions. (If one can imagine that.) In these moments, the book takes on the cast of Swift mixed with Paine and made shining by the spirit of the Koran.

Political activism is nothing new on this world. Humorous political activism is an even older genre than the first. Humour casts out the many devils of sinfulness from the popular view. Ramiz Alkishin is a fastidiously conscientious worker in what is often seen as an exotic venue of this world – the halls of Islamic wisdom. It is precisely where Raad Chalabi lets his readers walk, disguising it as a proletarian bazaar where happy emoticons (the Smileys) communicate. Mundo Cane-style, only the politically incorrect may bask in the flame of Allah’s wisdom in the hallowed halls.

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Sketches for the Politically Incorrect * by Raad Chalabi, PhD
Publication Date: December 22, 2011
Picture Book; UK£35.99; 200 pages; 978-1-4653-7239-0
Picture Book Hardcover; UK£45.99; 200 pages; 978-1-4653-7240-6

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