I thought buying a Kindle would help me stop rabidly stockpiling books, but I was clearly mistaken. These are recent additions to my personal library, with several more not pictured.
Sherine Hamdy, from the introduction to Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt
Elsewhere in the introduction, Hamdy writes: “The historical reality of organ transplantation worldwide reveals a rocky beginning that is both obscured and denied by the popular U.S. rhetoric of the “gift of life.” In Egypt, as elsewhere, many of the early recipients of kidneys died shortly after their transplant operations. In the province of Shbin al-Kom, the first three liver lobe transplants in the 1990s resulted in both the recipients and the healthy living donors dying before a moratorium on the procedure was called into effect.”
For more about schistosomiasis in Egypt, refer to "Epidemiology of Schistosomiasis in Egypt" by Rashida M. Barakat; for more about the link between anti-schistosomiasis treatments and hepatitis C virus, refer to "Further evidence for association of hepatitis C infection with parenteral schistosomiasis treatment in Egypt" by Malla Rao et al.
Qur’an 75:3 — “Does man think that We cannot assemble his bones?”
I recently had a questionable interview experience in Portland, but seeing this view made the ordeal worthwhile.
Books on my “to read” list for 2014, via the University of California Press
A Daghestani prayer rug, dated 1302 AH/1885 AD, in Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker
Moses and the Dragon; artist unknown, late 19th century, Iran (source)