Encounters with the Middle East: True Stories of People and Culture that Help You Understand the Region

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A dizzying amount of media coverage bombards us from the Middle East, yet little filters through about the experiences of ordinary people. Encounters with the Middle East tells their stories through interactions with 30 writers who go beyond the usual reporting to reveal the simple and poignant ways that life goes on. These writers' experiences with the people and places of the region remind us that the Middle East is blessed with astounding cultural and historical treasures, and offer moving glimpses of lives ...
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Overview

A dizzying amount of media coverage bombards us from the Middle East, yet little filters through about the experiences of ordinary people. Encounters with the Middle East tells their stories through interactions with 30 writers who go beyond the usual reporting to reveal the simple and poignant ways that life goes on. These writers' experiences with the people and places of the region remind us that the Middle East is blessed with astounding cultural and historical treasures, and offer moving glimpses of lives unfolding behind the headlines. Discover the depths of hospitality in a hulking steamer as fasting locals voyage back to Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan, Take in the stunning Shia ritual of Ashura as experienced by a family of Bahraini women from their balcony in Manama, Journey to Jerusalem for an intimate glimpse of the city in the 1960s as remembered by a boy coming of age in its cobbled streets and souks, Inhale the sweet fumes of the hookah, chew the beloved qat, and soak up the atmosphere in the salons of the most politically active women of Yemen, Sip apple tea in Turkey and reconsider your ideas about arranged marriage as a carpet seller and his wife lovingly recount their courtship, ...and much more.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932361483
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xv
Introduction: The Wonders of the World   Bruce Feiler     xix
Bread   Nicholas Seeley     1
The Promise Coffee   Michael McGee     7
Key to the City   Catherine Watson     14
Dancing at the Blood Festival   Rolf Potts     26
The Way of Suffering   Erika Trafton     35
Kidnapped by Syrian Hospitality   Jeff Vize     41
Just Under Your Feet   Trici Venola     50
Confessions of a Water Pipe Smoker   Carolyn A. Theriault     60
To Hamadan   Peter Jon Lindberg     66
If It Doesn't Kill You First   Murad Kalam     80
Walking in Yemen's Terraced Mountains   Tim Mackintosh-Smith     98
Witnessing Ashura   Shannon O'Grady     107
In Jerusalem   Jeff Greenwald     118
Serendipity in Cyprus   Wayne Milstead     127
Five-Star Mussandam Bush   Christopher K. Brown     135
Magic Carpet Ride   Chris Kipiniak     147
Shlonak?   Michael Cornn     161
A Damascus Cab Ride   WaleedAl-Shamma'     164
An Afternoon in Kavaklidere   Umur Celikyay     170
Half Truths and Olive Trees   Joel Carillet     176
Clothes, Camaraderie, and Qat   Betsy Hiel     185
Instant Mother, Just Add Tea   Katherine Belliel     195
From the Oasis to the City   Laurence Mitchell     202
The Neon Night of the Emirates   Jason Ward     209
Repatriation and Regret   Amanda Coffin     217
Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem   Pat Walker     226
Without Cover   Yasmine Bahrani     232
Gridlocked Tehran at Gunpoint   Mal Karman     243
Holy Land Blues   Peter Wortsman     257
The Mukhtar and I   Michel Moushabeck     271
Recommended Reading     283
Index     291
Acknowledgments     293
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