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Syria: A Recent History

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by McHugo, John
Syria's descent into civil war has already claimed an estimated 200,000 lives while more than nine million people have fled their homes. This is now the greatest humanitarian and political crisis of the twenty-first century. In this timely account, John McHugo charts the history of Syria from the First World War to the present and considers why Syria's foundations as a nation have proved so fragile. He exam...
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Arabic Alphabet: How To Read and Write It

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by Nicholas Awde
Ever larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces the hitherto formidable initial problem: the alphabet. This book proceeds step-by-step through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, but no unne...
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London's Overthrow

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by China Miéville
London’s Overthrow by China Miéville is an essay on the social, economic and political conditions of contemporary London. Gritty colour photographs accompany the text, creating a realistic journey through the streets of the capital. Miéville’s passionate reflections and quotations from the Londoners he speaks to connect the landscape to the people who inhabit it. He reveals the mood in the city and explo...
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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

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by Amin Maalouf
European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. In "The Crusades Through Arab Eyes", Amin Maalouf has sifted through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events. He retell...
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Classic Palestinian Cuisine

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by Nasser, Christiane Dabdoub
Classic Palestinian Cuisisne is a collection of over one hundred mouh-watering dishes, such as ful m'dammas (broad bean salad), kidreh (rice with mutton) and djaj mahshi (stuffed chicken), characteristic of the culinary culture of the Mediterranean. Christiane Dabdoub Nasser's delightful tips and anecdotes, from coring marrows to buying the perfect cabbage for stuffing, vividly bring to life the smells and ...
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Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature

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by Bushrui, Suheil
A unique and extraordinary collection, Desert Songs of the Night presents some of the finest poetry and prose by Arab writers, from the Arab East to Andalusia, over the last 1,500 years. From the mystical imagery of the Qur'an and the colourful stories of The Thousand and One Nights, to the powerful verses of longing of Mahmoud Darwish and Nazik al-Mala'ika, this captivating collection includes translated ...
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Pashtun Tales: From The Pakistan-Afghan Frontier

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by Aisha Ahmad
These oral tales were collected in the tribal areas on the Pakistan-Afghan frontier, a region described as the last free place on earth. It was here that the caravan routes from Persia, India and China once converged. With their blend of wit, fantasy, comedy and romance, they reflect the Pashtun code of honour and way of life that are now seriously threatened by social changes and recent political events. M...
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A Reader of Modern Arabic Short Stories

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by Hafez/1
This reader consists of the full Arabic text of 11 carefully chosen and very readable short stories by established Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian writers. The earliest story, written in 1929, is by the Egyptian Mahmud Tahir Lashin; the most recent by the Iraqi writer, Fuad al-Takarli, written in 1972. Each story has an introduction, in English, with biographical information about the author, placing ...
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Beirut, I Love You

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by Zena El Khalil
This is the story of Zena, a young woman who has fallen under the spell of a city that threatens to engulf her in war, grief and love affairs. In the streets armed militias carve out their territories, while ragged construction workers rebuild the city. Refugees sleep five to a bed as bleach-blondes wend their way to the next drug-fuelled supernightclub. At any moment, the bombs will start falling. Meanwhil...
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Simple Arabic

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by Yousif Haddad
Haddad and Ingle's book aims to make learning Arabic as easy and simple as possible. Assuming no previous knowledge of the language, it is suitable for beginners but also for those who already have a grounding in the basics. It is a self-teaching tool on how to speak, read and write modern standard Arabic. The book consists of 29 units which have been condensed to the essentials of each topic, and all the l...
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Modern Arabic Short Stories

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by Newman, Daniel L.
This work features twelve stories by contemporary masters from Morocco to Iraq. The twelve stories collected here are by leading authors of the short story form in the Middle East today. In addition to works by writers already well-known in the West such as "Idwar al-Kharrat", "Fuad al-Takarli" and Nobel Prize-winning "Naguib Mahfouz", key authors whose fame has hitherto been restricted to the Middle East a...
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A Darkness Visible

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by Seamus Murphy
The result of trips to Afghanistan since 1994, “A Darkness Visible” presents a selection of acclaimed photographer Seamus Murphy’s black and white photography from a changing land. After the US-led invasion of 2001, the world’s attention shifted to Afghanistan but has since drifted away: not so with Murphy, one of the most celebrated photographers to work in the region, who has consistently & doggedly retur...
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What's Really Wrong with the Middle East

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by Whitaker/4
Western governments see the Middle East only in terms of its impact on the West. But how do people in the Middle East view their own countries, governments and institutions? Few would argue that the Middle East is thriving, but what do those living in the region identify as their greatest obstacles to peace, prosperity and full participation in today's global economy? Using his time as Middle East Editor fo...
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A Concise History of the Arabs

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by McHugo, John
The key to understanding the Arab world today - and in the future - is unlocking its past. In this sweeping and fluent account, John McHugo narrates a journey through the political, social and intellectual history of the Arabs from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. Taking readers beyond the headlines, he describes in vivid detail a series of turning points in Arab history - from the missi...
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Nobody's Home

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by Ugresic, Dubravka
A whole world seems to orbit within "Nobody's Home". It's a world that looks familiar but strange. Dubravka Ugresic takes us on her whirligig travels through Europe, and across to the US, offering her insightful and unique perspectives on literature, geopolitics, East and West. She wryly points out that while the Eastern bloc is gripped by Western modernization, the West is becoming increasingly Sovietized,...
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Transit Beirut

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by Malu Halasa
Beirut - where plastic surgery meets the emotional intensity of the legendary diva Umm Kulthum, and Lebanese foodies go on the rampage. "Transit Beirut" is a unique anthology of complex urban experience that brings together personal writing, essays, journalism, short stories, photography and animation. The view is wide: from fiction to documentary, and everything in between. Beirut is undergoing an energeti...
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Wild Europe

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by Bozidar Jezernik
Combining witty comment with meticulous research abounding in historical and cultural detail, Jezernik reveals how from the mid 16th to the late 20th century "The Balkans" have been perceived by west European travellers and experts, many of whom have seen it as part of Asia and sought accordingly to inform their contemporaries of its "exotic", "outlandish" and "primitive" ways. The rich source material incl...
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Zeina

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by Nawal El Saadawi
Bodour, a distinguished literary critic and university professor, carries with her a dark secret. As a young university student, she fell in love with a political activist and gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo. Zeina grows up to become one of Egypt's most beloved entertainers, despite being deprived of a name and a home. In contrast, Bodour remains tra...
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The Devil You Don't Know

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by Al-Jezairy, Zuhair
In 1979, journalist Zuhair al-Jezairy fled Iraq and certain death after openly defying Saddam's regime. Twenty-five years later he is back, and cautiously celebrating. He joins "al Mada", and is Editor-in-Chief when the newspaper breaks the Oil-for-Food scandal. He leaves to start his own documentary film company and travels throughout Iraq, from the Marshlands of the South, to Tikrit, Najaf, and the Northe...
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Ambivalence - Crossing the Israel Palestine divide

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by Jonathan Garfinkel
This provocative memoir chronicles Garfinkel's travels in Israel and Palestine and his journey away from a Zionist education in Toronto. After a screening of a Palestinian film, he meets a Palestinian woman who tells him about a house in Israel occupied by an Arab and a Jew. The story compels him to travel to Israel and the West Bank in search of the house with the hopes of discovering a truer sense of life...
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