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Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels among the Youth of the Middle East

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    He makes the world his own...

    Jared Cohen was young when he wrote this, and so can be forgiven some of his more obnoxious asides, but I grew to appreciate his relentless inquisitiveness on political issues, and to appreciate the almost verbatim conversations. Obviously he took the time to make notes shortly after his encounters, so as to remember clearly. I believe the transcriptions are largely true, judging from the ordinariness of most of the responses to his questions. I came to appreciate his eye, as he grew in knowledge as the trip progressed. I see the value in the trip and the writing of it. I think one of the most astonishing revelations for me was the outrageous behaviors of Iranian youth, despite the overhang of the oppressive government we are used to seeing. In addition, the satellite receivers that the desert Bedouin of Syria use was a revelation. These folks don't seem so remote, and I'm sure we don't seem so remote to them, either. Now, if we can just hook up Afghanistan so that they can watch "Office" if they want.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Most False Information about Middle Eastern Culture

    Jared Cohen makes it seem like arabs have no freedom especially the children of Jihad muslim-arab people such as myself are happy of their way of lives. We are fine with wearing hijabs or covering up all over there is no reason to show anything f ourselves so w are fine with what the Qur'an says about how we should ive our lives. Mr. Cohen interviews children of Iran which they themselves dont consider themselves arab so what does Iranian kids have to do with Arab culture. In reality in Middle east we follow the Qur'an and Islamic laws. Children do have the ability to play games hangout with same-sex fiends and to live a normal muslim arab life. Which i obviously different than American way of life or adults and children. I think an Arab who knows their religion and culture should write a book about the same thing and truthful facts!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    Youth can change our world!

    Children of Jihad is an enlightening book that gives us hope for America's relationship with the Middle East. The author shows infinite possibilities to bridge the gap between the youths of both America and the Middle East. Similarities between two are as shocking. Moreover, the guts the author demonstrates during his adventure are impressive! This book presents realistic opportunities both groups can take advantage of to shift the views of one another. I highly recommend this book! It's a page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Extraordinary narrative

    Cohen in his brilliant book dives into an oft-misunderstood cross section of society, walking an untrodden path through the hopes and fears of this critically-important segment of the world. A must-read book.

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    Posted January 13, 2009

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