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By Maged Kadar
It's 1987, and Maged is working nights as a cabbie in London, befriended by his fellow cabbie, 'The Professor', who offers local prostitutes gynaelogical advice. By day he's a news junkie, hooked on broadcasts from his native war-torn Iraq, and desperate for news of his family.
A twelve-year-old girl writes an essay that extols revenge to impress her teacher, and is surprised to receive criticism rather than praise. 'Revenge', Mrs Nomy insists, is 'the most cowardly' human behaviour. Years later, having fled Beirut, she reflects upon the devastating role revenge has played in her country.
The Arabian Peninsula's history is seen as a dynamic process arising from the interaction and machinations of local sheikhdoms and states, colonial powers and oil companies. This book documents the phenomenon of Arabian oil in light of the accompanying upheavals.
The London bombings of 7 July 2005 revived the debates that raged after September 11 2001. This work develops a counter-thesis, namely that the clashes we are witnessing do not oppose civilizations, but their dark sides. Bush administration doesn't embody the values of 'Western civilization' nor does al-Qa'ida represent 'Islamic...
Ever larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. This book proceeds step-by-step through the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words.
By Robin Harris
Since emerging as a settlement in the seventh century, Dubrovnik held a significant position beyond what could have been expected of this tiny city-state. This is a comprehensive history of Dubrovnik's progress over centuries of European development, encompassing arts, architecture, social and economic changes and the traumas of war and...
Who shot Kamar al-Dawla Alwan? Was it a crime of passion? What was the role of the beautiful peasant girl Rim? Is the mysterious Sheikh Asfur as crazy as he seems? Partly autobiographical, this Egyptian comedy of errors takes the form of the journal of a young public prosecutor posted...
For centuries, people in the creative arts, when faced with severe threats to their cultural free expression, have sought alternative strategies and platforms. This work reveals some of the alternative spaces where banned art seeks refuge, while continuing to communicate its inspiring message.
Sifts through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events. This book retells their stories in their own style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts, and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an...