KU graduate has published a book

Ex Kingston student Habeeb Akande has released a book called Illuminating the Darkness.

Eve Carson

A Kingston University graduate has published a book about elevating the status of Blacks and North Africans in Islam.

The author, Habeeb Akande, decided to write Illuminating the Darkness as he wanted to address issues that he felt had not previously been discussed in-depth.

“I was fortunate enough to travel to Egypt where I studied Arabic, Islamic Law and Islamic History for over three years. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience whilst abroad and I wanted to share some of what I learnt,” said Mr Akande.

Graduating with a first class degree

Having graduated from Kingston University in 2006 with a first class BAwith Honours degree in Business and Film studies Mr Akande then went on to pursue writing.   

 “The book took me about three years to write. I initially commenced my research for the book in 2006 whilst I was in Egypt and finished the final manuscript in 2009.”

Mr Akande continued “I gained a lot of knowledge and experience whilst abroad and I wanted to share some of what I learnt.”

Visiting Kingston University

During KU’s first Black History Week Mr Akande presented his publication to students at the Kingston Hill campus and lead a discussion about the issues within the book.

He said: “I hope that my book will enlighten its readers as to the ennobled status of Blacks and North Africans in Islam. I hope it can help to erase some of the unfortunate misconceptions about blackness and those of African descent that have been in many cases exacerbated by racist thinking.”

Buying the book 

Illuminating the Darkness is available to buy on Amazon in paperback and for kindle.  

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