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The Stone Woman

(2000)
(The third book in the Islam Quintet series)
A novel by

 
Each year, when the weather in Istanbul becomes unbearable, the family of Iskender Pasha, a re-tired Ottoman notable, retires to its summer palace overlooking the Sea of Marmara. It is 1899 and the last great Islamic empire is in serious trouble. A former tutor poses a question which the family has been refusing to confront for almost a century: 'Your Ottoman Empire is like a drunken prostitute, neither knowing nor caring who will take her next. Do I exaggerate, Memed?' The history of Iskender Pasha's family mirrors the growing degeneration of the Empire they have served for the last five hundred years. This passionate story of masters and servants, school-teachers and painters, is marked by jealousies, vendettas and, with the decay of the Empire, a new generation which is deeply hostile to the half-truths and myths of the 'golden days.' The Stone Woman is the third novel of Tariq Ali's 'Islam Quartet'. Like its predecessors--Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree and The Book of Saladin--its power lies both in the story-telling and the challenge it poses to stereotyped images of life under Islam.

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Hardback Editions

July 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Stone Woman: A Novel (Islam Quintet 3)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1-85984-764-1 / 978-1-85984-764-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stone Woman (Islam Quintet)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1-78168-004-3 / 978-1-78168-004-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
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2014 : Paperback
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Title: stone woman, the: islam quintet 3
Author(s): Tariq (pakistan/england) Ali
ISBN: 9699473851 / 978-9699473852
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October 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stone Woman: A Novel (Islam Quintet 3)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
ISBN: 1-85984-364-6 / 978-1-85984-364-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Stone Woman: A Novel (The Islam Quintet Book 3)
Author(s): Tariq Ali
Publisher: Open Road Media
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