Shades of Islam is a dazzling and moving collection of poetry that addresses faith, love, politics and Islam in the twenty-first century. Reviews – “I find [the poems] deeply moving and beautifully felt and written with simplicity and a profundity that is wholly disarming.” – Harold Schweizer, Professor of English, Bucknell University.
“The poems of Rafey Habib offer a window onto the sensibility of a modern American Muslim, with unlinching honesty and richly informed compassion. The great humanistic tradition of poetry known in Arabic and other Eastern languages here finds a contemporary English voice, which will be recognized like a lost friend who has unaccountably been rediscovered.” – Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan, Junior, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. Rafey Habib was born in India, grew up in England and now lives in America. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is currently Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of six books, including A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (2005) and An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in English Translation (2003). He is currently editing the Oxford Anthology of Literry Criticism and Theory.