Love, virtue, knowledge, art, worship - lose yourself in any of these, and you will find your true self
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A Wayward Thunderbolt  

I am a Muslim Anarchist: the universe is my home; humankind my family; the libraries of the world are my mind; a mother's tears my heart; the qur'an my soul; non-violence my creed; peace and justice my purpose; dialogue, education and critical reflection my toolbox.

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Library Word: vagarious (adj.) - erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.

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Reading Now:

Magic in the Middle Ages
Richard Kieckhefer, 2000, Cambridge University Press

How was magic practised in medieval times? How did it relate to the diverse beliefs and practices that characterised this fascinating period? In Magic in the Middle Ages Richard Kieckhefer surveys the growth and development of magic in medieval times. He examines its relation to religion, science, philosophy, art, literature and politics before introducing us to the different types of magic that were used, the kinds of people who practised magic, and the reasoning behind their beliefs. In addition, he shows how magic served as a point of contact between the popular and elite classes, how the reality of magical beliefs is reflected in the fiction of medieval literature, and how the persecution of magic and witchcraft led to changes in the law. This book places magic at the crossroads of medieval culture, shedding light on many other aspects of life in the middle ages.

Fiction books (c.101/07):
     - Jonathan Swift, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
     - H. Rider Haggard, ‘She’
     - George Macdonald, ‘Lilith’
     - William Morris, 'News from Nowhere'
     - H. G. Wells, ‘The Time Machine’
     - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 'Herland'
     - Lord Dunsany, ‘The Gods of Pegāna’
     - David Lindsay, ‘A Voyage to Arcturus’
     - G. K. Chesterton, ‘The Man Who Was Thursday’
     - Chris Baldick [Ed.], The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales [Part II]

Study Plan
A Wayward Thunderbolt

Imaginative Tabulation
Julian's SF Fantastree
Julian's SF Taproot

Theory Pamphlets

Postcolonial Poetry

Sound & Vision
Julian's favourite films
Julian's favourite sounds
Julian's muslim movies


Mind Maps
Rhetorics of Fantasy
What is learning?
Learning: SQ3R
Memory Tech 1
Memory Walk
Cultural Studies
The Circuit of Culture
Terrorism Studies

Writing Exercises
A Quirky Writer
Personal Essay

History Pamphlets
Islamic Humanism
The Almohads
Arab Music   

The 19C Chronicle
The Local Chronicle

Project Support Packs
 . Biopower Today
 . Essentially Contested Concepts
 . United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Summary)
 . Autoethnographic Verse: Nicky’s Boy: A Life in Two Worlds

Recent TV/DVD Viewing:

Four Horsemen, Ross Ashcroft, 2012

Twenty-three leading thinkers explain how the world really works and the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster. The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned.

Other recent viewing: Shakespeare, As You Like It [Arden | BBC DVD]; The Corporation, Joel Bakan, 2006; The Crisis of Civilization, Dean Puckett, 2011; The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin - 2009; In the Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis - 2001; Maangamizi: The Ancient One, Martin Mhando, Ron Mulvihill - 2001; Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine, 2011

Top Twenty Favourite Videos:

Featuring Senser, Rafeef Ziadah, Alex Harvey Band, Rage Against the Machine, Sigur Ros, Karine Polwart, Simon Munnery, Efterklang, Professor Elemental, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bjork, Radiohead, Crass, Antiproduct, Eva Cassidy, Dan & Dan, Liza Minnelli, John Agard, and The Mighty Boosh.

Recent Spotify® downloads: Akata Meso, D'Gary; Songs from the Silk Road, by Banco De Gaia; Duniya...The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy, by Loop Guru; 96° In The Shade, by Third World © Y. Y. Islam 2014, all rights reserved. All mind maps produced using Inspiration ® 7.5 English edition. Advert-free site. Julian Y. Steamswift is a pseudonym.