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  • Kings and Camels: An American in Saudi Arabia - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    of the area and more crucially still how little he understood the people in the area Butler presents his material in the form of an informal account of his personal experiences in the Middle East both while he lived there working for the Arabian American Oil Company ARAMCO and as a successful lecturer and writer who has returned to the area often The book goes behind the scenes in the Arab world and into private audience with the legendary Ibn Saud It explains Islam the religion of the Arabs It introduces the reader to the desert Bedouin and the Arab of the cities It focuses on human interest on the Americans who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia Above all the book s emphasis is on the cultivation of understanding between the American and Arab peoples It points out how vital such understanding is to Saudi Arabia to the Arabs themselves and to Americans Grant C Butler worked in oil industry public relations for ten years both in the Middle East and in the United States He also gave thousands of lectures on the Arabs and the Middle East across America and his articles and stories appeared in the Chicago

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  • Freya Stark in the Levant - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    Freya Stark the Levant was the foundation for her love of the Middle East This volume includes some of her best photographs Malise Ruthven is a writer with the B B C Arabic and world Service and a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs A former professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion he is the author of several books on Islam including Islam A Very Short Introduction and Fury for

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  • The Great Below - A Journey Into Loss - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    the funeral and public mourning of this well loved and respected writer Maddy had to help her son deal with the loss of his father and come to terms herself with being a lone parent In this extraordinary account she describes how grief and bereavement had re opened the wounds of her past the loneliness and emotional neglect of her childhood which must be acknowledged and healed if she was to truly find her way back into life She learned that there are gifts in pain and tragedy if you have the courage to look for them And she came to understand just what the incredible love of her husband had brought her and how hard it was to lose that Written with warmth and humour as well as searing honesty this book takes an unflinching look at both what it means to grieve and what it means to love Maddy Paxman met her husband the well known poet Michael Donaghy in Chicago and they moved to London together She later worked as a counsellor in women s health and as a music teacher and currently teaches the Alexander Technique She is also a painter and musician The Great Below

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  • Unfolding Islam - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    has unfolded over the course of time and how it continues to do so Set in the context of the geography and history of what may be called the super continent of Afro Eurasia the book centres on the Koran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions showing how later developments are rooted there right down to questions of contemporary relevance such as the difference between Sunni Muslims and Shiites Sufis and literalists reformists and fundamentalists Though the book is written with the non specialist in mind specialists will find new contributions to such topics as the first writing down of the Koran jihad holy war and Islamic attitudes to our environment Seen as a whole the story of the unfolding of Islam shows how it has achieved its special balance of constancy and flexibility The controlling position of the Prophet the unique authority of the Koran and the strength of the Muslim family give the religion its enduring central core P J Stewart studied Arabic at the University of Oxford and spent a year in Egypt before working in Algeria for seven years Until he retired he taught in the Honour School of Human Sciences at

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  • Petra: A Travellers' Guide - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    now enjoy exploring the many hectares covered by the city The Nabateans remarkable civilization was enriched by their sustained power in commerce and war and was reflected in their capital The Romans added to Petra s glory by building a theatre an aqueduct and colonnades With the help of this guidebook the visitor can relive the wonder Johann Ludwig Burckhardt the discoverer of Petra must have felt when he looked for the first time on this most famous lost city This completely updated and revised edition includes detailed maps of walks around the city comprehensive tours of monuments tombs and ancient religious sites frank practical advice on where to stay and what to take and a complete account of the city s Nabatean biblical and Roman history Rosalyn Maqsood has travelled widely through the Holy Land and the Middle East but has a particular affection for Jordan and its people She has travelled extensively around Petra as the guest of a generous Bedouin and so has a detailed knowledge of the area She is the author of numerous books on Islam and religious studies and has a particular insight into Jordan s local history culture and traditions As an Englishwoman

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  • Headscarf - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    who wear headscarves from working in the public sector But the majority of women who wear the headscarf in Turkey think that to do so is very important and reflects their dignity and personality as well as their religious beliefs In May 1999 this conflict hit the headlines when Merve Kavakci walked into the Turkish Grand National Assembly to take her oath of office as a member of Turkish Parliament wearing her Islamic headscarf A near riot ensued and the Prime Minister famously told the crowd to put this woman in her place Since then Kavakci has become an outspoken critic of Turkey s secularization policy travelling the globe in support of Muslim women s rights especially regarding the hijab which she promotes as a symbol of female empowerment Richard Peres uses this fascinating true story to promote greater understanding of contemporary Turkish politics and to illustrate the ongoing tension between Turkey s military secular bloc and its predominantly Islamic population This highly accessible book will resonate with Western readers who want to know more about this fundamental issue and gain a greater understanding of women s issues religious conflicts political Islam human rights and the struggle for democracy in

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  • Madmen at the Helm: Pathology and Politics in the Arab Spring - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    the first time and to demand democracy In this unique book Muriel Mirak Weissbach reviews specialist literature and provides a profile of a mixture of personality disorders narcissism paranoia hysteria and sociopathy displayed by five Middle Eastern leaders Mubarak Qaddafi Ben Ali Saleh and Assad She argues that the responses of these leaders to the challenges they faced indicate that they were psychologically incapable of facing reality and indeed displayed pathological symptoms in clinging fanatically to power in the face of revolt Mirak Weissbach considers each of the five leaders in turn examining their behavior during the upheavals as expressed in their public statements speeches interviews and courses of action Thus she identifies patterns and similarities of behavior that serve to prove that the five stony faced old men in power displayed specific pathological personality types in their responses to the political and cultural circumstances in which they were operating A postscript to the book widens this context by identifying two cases of narcissism in contemporary American politics George W Bush and Sarah Palin This highly topical accessible and relevant book provides a psycho historical insight into the actions and responses of the deposed dictators viewed from a unique clinical

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  • Brownies and Kalashnikovs - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    attend high school In Beirut she fell in love with a passionate and idealistic Lebanese journalist with whom she eloped against her parents wishes subsequently getting caught up in Lebanon s fifteen year civil war while raising a family of five children Providing a fascinating account of a Saudi woman s painful journey from naive Aramcon girl to life as a resident of a war torn capital city this book

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