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Zaatar Days, Henna Nights: Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East
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Zaatar Days, Henna Nights: Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East

by Maliha Masood
 

When twenty-eight-year-old Maliha Masood, a burned-out dot-commer from Seattle, bought a one-way ticket to adventure and rejuvenation, she found it in the most unlikely of places: the Middle East.
With an infectious love of adventure, a zany sense of humor, and serious questions about her Islamic faith, Pakistani-born Masood begins an unforgettable journey.

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When twenty-eight-year-old Maliha Masood, a burned-out dot-commer from Seattle, bought a one-way ticket to adventure and rejuvenation, she found it in the most unlikely of places: the Middle East.
With an infectious love of adventure, a zany sense of humor, and serious questions about her Islamic faith, Pakistani-born Masood begins an unforgettable journey. She camps in the Sahara with a Bedouin "desert fox," is mistaken for a spy in Turkey, takes a lesson in beauty from a Kurdish family, and falls in love with a poet. She experiences souks and mosques, open-air lingerie bazaars and nightclubs grooving to hip-hop. In a region associated with terrorist havens, Masood meets ordinary Muslim men and women navigating the politics of culture, religion, and identity.
Zaatar Days, Henna Nights offers a street-savvy take on the contemporary Arab world that's seldom seen on the evening news. This is a story of discovery and faith, of making bonds and breaking stereotypes, and of finding oneself where one least expects to.

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In 2000, twentysomething Masood suddenly left her Seattle dot.com existence to live in and travel through parts of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. Although this intrepid traveler was born in Karachi, Pakistan, she experienced a rebirth of sorts through the kindness of strangers, learning the Arabic language and praying and fasting. By the end of her insightful, pious, and life-altering journey, she had learned a great deal about living in the moment, returning to the United States just two weeks before 9/11. Masood has much to say about the daily lives of the lovely and hospitable people who befriended her and helped her grow. She has since founded Diwan: Dialogue on Islam, a nonprofit institute. Highly recommended; libraries that already own Rosina-Fawzi Al-Rawi's Midnight Tales: A Woman's Journey Through the Middle Eastwill want to purchase this delightful book as well.
—Elizabeth Connor Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580051927
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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