Collective hours on the subway have me reading more than I have since my non production classes. The more I read of Dr. Shahid Alam's book Challenging the New Orientalism, the more I feel it necessary to recommend. I was told about the book through Abbas, who interviewed him on Hot Coals. The book is a collection of Dr Alam's essays regarding Orientalism and a practical look at criticizing its simplistic conclusions. He really breaks down the events that shaped the Islamic world and Europe and how things are in their current state.