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10 Most Indispensable Books on the Middle East of 2019
He arrived at this intense condensation of himself in God by shutting his eyes to the world, and to all the complex possibilities latent in him which only contact with wealth and temptations could bring forth. He attained a sure trust and a powerful trust, but of how narrow a field! His sterile experience robbed him of compassion and perverted his human kindness to the image of the waste in which he hid There followed a delight in pain, a cruelty which was more to him than goods He found luxury in abnegation, renunciation, self-restraint.
Written by acclaimed Iraqi author Inaam Kachachi, The American Granddaughter eloquently depicts the widespread devastation, both physical and emotional, of the recent Iraq war through the eyes of Zeina, an Iraqi-American who returns to her homeland as an interpreter for the US army. Zeina finds herself caught up not only in the conflict, but in the tension, which builds between her loyalty to her family and to her work, and her self-identity as both Iraqi and American. Through Zeina, Kachachi creates an unforgettable portrayal of the trauma and loss caused by war. Set in the 5th century AD, in a pre-Islamic Egypt and Syria, Azazeel is a tale of extraordinary magical realism, depicting the tensions between the new Christian religion and the time-honoured pagan beliefs. Daring, horrifying and deeply challenging, Frankenstein in Baghdad exposes the violence, desperation and helplessness of the Iraq war in a provocative new light. A contemporary epistolary novel told through a series of emails, Girls of Riyadh portrays the intersecting lives of four young female friends in Saudi Arabia. Primarily exploring the relationship between men and women in contemporary Saudi society, the novel examines the tension between the old, strict traditions, and the effects of modern thought and technology in granting women wider intellectual and sexual freedom.
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Countless western researchers and journalists have taken this region under their wings, dedicating their lives to report on events and wars taking place. Thomas Friedman wrote down his reflections as a journalist covering the Lebanese civil war and the first Palestinian Intifada for the New York Times. It can lead to a better understanding of the Arabs, past and present," L. The Great War for Civilization is Fisk's masterpiece on his life-long coverage as a correspondent for several media outlets on Middle Eastern affairs since Don't let the size of the book intimidate you 1, pages, it is surely worth a read.
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