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Do you have a ‘must read’ tip? Do you prefer novels over non-fiction?
Naguib Mahfouz – Midaq Alley, the Cairo trilogy
Abdelrahman Munif – the Cities of Salt trilogy
PALESTINE PEACE NOT APARTHEID, by Jimmy Carter.
my favorite would have to be john allegro’s “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross” you must give allegro his due he has the creds, no clown off the street here– there is a lot of evidence to suggest that ingesting psycho active substances
was a big part of Shamanism and the practice presisted in ancient Zionism. read the 16th chapter of Exodus as it explains the substance called Manna—-it is that of a mushroom.
As time goes on more and more Bibles are changing the wording in this chapter and its meaning.
More into South Asia, but still relevant:
A Thousand Splendid Suns, and, The Kite Runner – both excellent fictions about life in Afghanistan.
“broken verses” by Kamila Shamsie. A young woman whose mother was an activist in Pakistan searches for understanding about her mother’s death. Set in modern-day Pakistan the novel tells the story of a woman’s search to understand the forces that pushed her mother to oppose the government and the consequences of her mother’s actions.
David Aaron Miller’s book “The Too Much Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.” After reading it, I can only hope that our next president, whoever that may be, adds him to his or her cabinet.
The Soul of Iran by Afshin Molavi and In the Rosegarden of Martyrs by Christopher De Bellaigue are two must reads about Iran.
I am Iranian ad have been living in the US for 6 years now. I can’t believe what a false image of Iran is out there in the media and minds. these two books gave me hope that there are still some journalists out there who care about depicting the real image of others countries.
From Time Immemorial, by Joan Peters.