Michael’s first book, Nation Building in Islam was written in 1977 as his PhD thesis. It is a fascinating study of how most Arab leaders created functioning states but failed to establish cohesive nations. Michael revisited the book four years ago and decided that now was the time to put it into the public domain.
Michael’s love of writing has also extended to fiction. He wrote a novel, The Maskmaker which was published to considerable acclaim in 2012. Part fact, part fiction, it was based on his personal experiences of life in LA during the early 1990’s. The easy divorce society in which he lived at that time and the resulting casual destruction of family life was so alien to his upbringing. An unusual and complex novel of two couples’ lives, love and deception woven into an interesting story.