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1 August 1996
Lords of the Lebanese Marches: Violence and Narrative in an Arab Society 
by Michael Gilsenan.
Tauris, 377 pp., £14.95, February 1996, 1 85043 099 3
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World 
edited by John L.Esposito.
Oxford, 480 pp., £295, June 1995, 0 19 506613 8
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Unfolding Isla
by P.J. Stewart.
Garnet, 268 pp., £25, February 1995, 9780863721946
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Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East 
by Fred Hall</span>iday.
Tauris, 256 pp., £35, January 1996, 1 86064 004 4
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... For too long Islamic studies have existed in an academic ghetto which reinforced the essentialist view shared by the Islamologues, that Islam was somehow ‘different’ from the West ...

The Whale Inside

Malcolm Bull</span>: How to be a community

1 January 2009
Bíos: Biopolitics and Philosophy 
by Roberto Esposito, translated by Timothy Campbell</span>.
Minnesota, 230 pp., £14, April 2008, 978 0 8166 4990 7
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... No man is an island; unless, Donne might have added, he becomes a whale: ‘Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were ...
19 December 1985
Elvis and Me 
by Priscill</span>a Beaulieu Presley and Sandra Harman.
Century, 320 pp., £9.95, October 1985, 0 7126 1131 2
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Are you lonesome tonight? 
by Alan Bleasdale.
Faber, 95 pp., £3.95, September 1985, 0 571 13732 6
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Elvis and Gladys 
by Elaine Dundy.
Weidenfeld, 353 pp., £12.95, April 1985, 9780297782100
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The Johnny Cash Discography 
by John Smith.
Greenwood, 203 pp., £29.95, May 1985, 0 313 24654 8
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Horse’s Neck 
by Pete Townshend.
Faber, 95 pp., £6.95, May 1985, 9780571138739
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Like Punk Never Happened 
by Dave Rimmer.
Faber, 191 pp., £4.95, October 1985, 0 571 13739 3
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Starlust: The Secret Fantasies of Fans 
by Fred Vermorel</a> and Judy Vermorel</a>.
Comet, 253 pp., £4.95, August 1985, 0 86379 004 6
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The Beatle
by Hunter Davies.
Cape, 498 pp., £12.95, December 1985, 0 224 02837 5
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... It has become fashionable to think sagely about Elvis, and to deliver such thoughts in mawkish turns of phrase. His biographers, who set the trend, promote it in order to make sense of themselves ...

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