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Encounters with the Middle East: True Stories of People and Culture that Help You Understand the Region (Travelers' Tales) [Paperback]

By Nesreen Kashan (Editor) & James Bowman (Editor)
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Encounters with the Middle East collects 30 rich, engaging travel stories that capture uplifting scenes from everyday life and deliver sensitive, bittersweet renderings of people and landscapes often shaken by conflict. This book, with black and white photographs throughout, features original takes on commonplace "things to do" for the traveler in the Middle East --- from marveling at the brilliance of the bazaars to drifting down the Nile in a felucca. It also provides intimate portrayals of people and traditions too often absent from books on the region.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Travelers' Tales/Solas House
ISBN  1932361480  
ISBN13  9781932361483  
UPC  692077361483  

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Uncovering people and culture  May 8, 2008
Having never traveled to the Middle East, my only awareness of the complexity of the region comes through media outlets (PBS and internet sources primarily), and an assortment of friends who regularly travel to or grew up in the region. The most engaging aspect of this collection of stories is that it consistently immerses the reader into the humanity of a culture that westerners only hear about through staccato news reports of violence and civil unrest. As with any situation, there are always more than two sides, and this collection brings to light the often-ignored humanity, generosity and history of this region with consistent and narrative beauty.
A slice of real life  Feb 7, 2008
I picked up this book prior to a business trip to Morocco for some insights into the culture and people. I got that and more. It is a delightful collection of vignettes by travellers who continue to be surprised and enchanted by their experiences in the Middle East. It gave me the chance to see beyond the tourist sites to the real people. It also includes a wonderful bibliography, including films, which has encouraged me to delve deeper into the subject.
Focuses on the encounters and stories of ordinary people  Feb 7, 2008
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE MIDDLE EAST: TRUE STORIES OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE THAT HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE REGION focuses on the encounters and stories of ordinary people, surveying interactions with 30 writers who go beyond a social report to consider how life is lived in the region. Their experiences bring to life the daily trials and promises of the Middle East and makes for a strong survey for any collection strong in contemporary Middle East culture and issues, from high school and college libraries to the general-interest lending collection.
Great Encounter for Classrooms  Nov 27, 2007
In times of war, it is nice to see a collection that shows human beings instead of enemies. The book gives us a new parameter to re-visit some western perceptions.

Great for Classroom use!

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