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Download Brownies and Kalashnikovs: A Saudi Woman's Memoir of by Basrawi Fadia PDF

By Basrawi Fadia

Fadia, a Saudi Arab, grew up within the strictly circumscribed and tailored ‘desert Disneyland’ of Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Company). This slice of contemporary, suburban, heart the US was once situated in Dhahran, Aramco’s administrative headquarters in Saudi Arabia, a theocratic Muslim country run in accordance with strict Wahabbi Shari’a law.Eventually, after in simple terms short vacations overseas vacationing kin in colourful Arab towns like Medina, Damascus and Alexandria, Fadia moved to Beirut, the glitzy ‘Paris of the center East’, to wait highschool. In Beirut she fell in love with a passionate and idealistic Lebanese journalist with whom she eloped opposed to her mom and dad’ needs, accordingly getting stuck up in Lebanon’s fifteen-year civil conflict whereas elevating a kinfolk of 5 children.Providing a desirable account of a Saudi woman’s painful trip from na?ve Aramcon woman to existence as a resident of a war-torn capital urban, this e-book presents new perception into very diverse center jap worlds approximately which so little is understood via these dwelling outdoors the quarter.

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Download Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East by Patrick Seale PDF

By Patrick Seale

"This is a booklet within the most interesting culture of investigative scholarship. The examine is striking. . . . Seale's nice energy is his skill to give an explanation for the complicated kaleidoscopic nature of heart japanese international relations. He knows the sport being performed and in addition understands the avid gamers. . . . [An] outstanding book."--Los Angeles occasions e-book Review

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Download The Valleys of the Assassins: and Other Persian Travels by Freya Stark PDF

By Freya Stark

Hailed as a vintage upon its first booklet in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly verified Freya Stark as one among her generation's so much intrepid explorers. The booklet chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled among Iraq and present-day Iran, usually with just a unmarried advisor and on a shoestring funds.

Stark writes engagingly of the nomadic peoples who inhabit the region's valleys and brings to lifestyles the tales of the traditional kingdoms of the center East, together with that of the Lords of Alamut, a band of hashish-eating terrorists whose stronghold within the Elburz Mountains Stark used to be the 1st to record for the Royal Geographical Society. Her account is right away a hugely readable go back and forth narrative and a richly drawn, sympathetic portrait of a humans informed from their very own compelling perspective.

This version encompasses a new advent through Jane Fletcher Geniesse, Stark's biographer.

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Download Travels in Persia, 1673-1677 by Sir John Chardin PDF

By Sir John Chardin

First low-cost version of serious trip vintage deals distinctive, sharply saw portrait of 17th-century Persia. vibrant checklist of lifestyles at courtroom of Shah: lavish banquets and entertainments, diplomatic negotiations, intrigues and cruelty, extra. additionally, soil and weather, wildlife, manners and customs, exchange and manufacture, and lots of different points. nine illustrations.

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Download The Iran-Iraq War: Chaos in a Vacuum by Stephen C. PelletiËre PDF

By Stephen C. PelletiËre

This booklet is an incredible reinterpretation of the Iran-Iraq conflict and is a resource for reexamining the U.S. involvement within the Gulf. Pelletiere demonstrates that the struggle was once no longer a standoff within which Iraq eventually gained a grinding conflict of attrition via good fortune, patience, and using poison gasoline. as a substitute, Iraq "planned the final crusade nearly years ahead of its unfolding. [The Iraqis] knowledgeable generally and expended huge, immense sums of cash to make their attempt be triumphant. What received for them was once their greater fignting prowess and larger dedication. Gas--if it used to be used at all--played just a minor half within the victory." Pelletiere concludes that the main to figuring out the conflict is the extreme Congress of the Ba'th social gathering held in July 1986. It was once there that the preliminary making plans for the ultimate crusade used to be performed, and this crusade is what made up our minds the destiny of the clash. The research facilities round the final Iraqi crusade, which Pelletiere argues used to be dependent upon international battle II "blitzkrieg tactics," yet he additionally treats the historical past, the politics, and the heritage of the clash, and analyzes the importance of the conflict to the center East and to the placement of the us there.

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Download Teaching Arabs, Writing Self: Memoirs of an Arab-American by Evelyn Shakir PDF

By Evelyn Shakir

Evelyn Shakir's witty, clever, and fantastically written memoir explores her prestige as an Arab American girl, from the delicate bigotry she confronted in Massachusetts as a second-generation Lebanese whose mom and dad weren't purely overseas yet eccentric, to the both poignant mix of dislocation and homecoming she felt in Bahrain, Syria, and Lebanon, the place she taught American literature to college scholars. She easily combines own anecdote with cultural, political, and historic heritage, and is incapable of stereotyped considering: one of many book's many pleasures is the variety she unearths one of the humans she encounters within the center East, together with not just scholars, yet cab drivers, storekeepers, and the blokes who make the spinach pies on the bakery down the road from her condominium. As Shakir explores her personal identification, she leads the reader to an appreciation of the richness and complexity of being Arab American (or any combined historical past) in an more and more small global.

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Download The Development of the Komnenian Army, 1081-1180 (History of by John Birkenmeier PDF

By John Birkenmeier

The emperors of the Komnenian dynasty orchestrated the commercial and army renewal of the Byzantine Empire. In 1081, Alexios I turned emperor of a bankrupt and lowered empire. In 1180, Manuel I governed the main robust nation within the japanese Mediterranean, in a position to sending expeditions to Egypt, Hungary, Italy, and Palestine. This learn examines how the Komnenian emperors restored the Byzantine country by means of construction a qualified military of mercenaries and Byzantine voters. It examines the armys ethnic composition, strategies, gear, and its monetary help.

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