Charles Demers has reviewed Tariq Ali's Night of the Golden Butterfly
—the concluding novel in the acclaimed Islam Quintet—for Vancouver's Georgia Straight
, opening with the tale of Edward Said's encouragement of the project.
Read the full text of Razeshta Sethna's interview with Tariq Ali for the Karachi Herald
in which the author talks about his now complete Islam Quintet and the experience of writing fiction ...
In the first review of Night of the Golden Butterfly to come out of 'Fatherland', Razeshta Sethna describes Tariq Ali as paying "perfect attention to detail, reminding the reader of the merits of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy."
In an extended essay for The National—part profile, part review—Robyn Creswell assesses Tariq Ali's Islam Quintet and, in particular, Night of the Golden Butterfly which completes the acclaimed series of historical novels about Islam and the West.
Creswell singles out The Book of Saladin as the best volume in the series, and describes the Quintet as a whole as a "kind of double-bladed heresy, cutting against Western ignorance on the one hand, and Muslim pieties on the other. In the face of those pundits and politicians who trade in stereotypes of Islam as a religion of puritanical violence and backwardness, Ali evokes the most cosmopolitan eras of its history."