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The Savage

And Other Short Islamic Stories

Joel Hayward


175 pages / Published: Forthcoming in 2018


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Good Islamic short stories are almost as rare as red diamonds, but prove as dazzling and entrancing when found.

This collection of unique, intriguing and powerful stories – written in eloquent and captivating prose by an accomplished scholar, poet, and storyteller who converted to Islam after falling in love with the Holy Quran – avoids the current trends of trivial anecdotal narrative and over-the-top fantasy.

His richly drawn characters are believable, as are even the most unexpected plot twists and turns, and he never strays from the reality of historical and contemporary events even when telling fabulously fictitious stories that contain surreal or imaginary elements.

Written in various styles and in different voices, these highly original and evocative tales will move, sadden, delight and provoke readers.

They will not let readers escape without challenging their assumptions or let them avoid engaging with the subtly revealed underpinning moral, philosophical or religious issues.


Joel Hayward


New Zealand


Joel Hayward is Professor of Strategic Thought at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates. His former posts have included being the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khalifa University (UAE) and the Dean of the Royal Air Force College (UK). He is the author of many books and peer-reviewed articles.

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"The text itself is good"

2019-06-10 05:06:23

The text itself is good. It is simultaneously accessible and scholarly. The stories could have had a better build up!

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"An aid to understanding Islam"

2019-06-08 05:05:38

This book has definitely been an aid to understanding Islam - its culture, history, customs, history, etc. It well-written and easy to consume.

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"A treasure trove of Islamic literature by one of the greatest storytellers I have ever come I highly recommend the book."

2018-06-20 07:11:05

The Savage is a rare treasure trove of Islamic literature by one of the greatest storytellers I have ever come across. This collection of pearls full of wisdom inspired by centuries of Islamic history and tradition is a unique work of art and a masterpiece by Dr. Joel Hayward. The author is now known for his highly creative, intriguing, and deeply reflective writing, but this specific piece goes beyond that. Through the author’s elegant power of expression, these stories appear to be coming alive right in front of the reader, and that is not an easy task for anyone but for Dr. Hayward that seems to come naturally. I highly recommend the book.

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