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Join us for the next RAS Book Club, where we will discuss The Victorious Blood, by Hussin Alkheder. We will host both an offline and an online session.

Offline session: Monday 5 April, 19:30 at Garden Books

If you want to attend the offline session at Garden Books at 19:30, please click here.

We ask members to support the venue with a 50 RMB entry fee in exchange for a drink voucher upon arrival.

Non-member price: 100 RMB

Online session: Monday 5 April, 21:00 China Standard Time (GMT +8) on Zoom

If you want to attend the Zoom online session at 21:00, please click here.

The Victorious Blood portrays a bloody epic which is over thirteen hundred years old. It took place in Karbala, a small town on the bank of the Euphrates river in Iraq. It was between the grandson of the prophet of Islam, al-Hussain bin Ali, who commanded an army that did not exceed a hundred warriors, and Yazid bin Mu'awiyah, the son of the founder of the Umayyad state. His army consisted of thirty thousand soldiers under the command of Omar bin Saad. In The Victorious Blood, you will be taken into the heat of the battle itself and there you will learn about the reasons for the epic struggle and the history consequences which followed it. You will be a historical tourist traveling back in time thirteen hundred years and vividly witness the war techniques, political tricks, and the lifestyle of that era. You will visit the palaces' reception rooms, personal homes, and public squares in Damascus, Kufa, and the Arabian Peninsula. You will observe historical characters and their involvement in a high stakes conflicts filled with language of ancient conspiracy, subterfuge, alliance, and betrayal, often ending in death for one of the combatants involved.

Please note: This is a book discussion, not a talk. The author will not be present.