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Author Valen Levinson, Adam, author.

Title The Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah : fear and love in the modern Middle East / Adam Valen Levinson.

Publication Info. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    956.054 VAL    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description x, 349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents The Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah -- In the air what is above, my dog? -- Abu Dhabi I'm Sanjay -- Kuwait the western perception -- Of Islam department -- Oman go for it! don't do it! jump! -- NX844b1G -- Lebanon she loves me but I do not love her -- Syria mafishi -- Afghanistan wall save butts -- Pakistan cool wind -- Iraq o eve! -- Iran not every time you can -- Eat ice cream -- Another people begin -- Egypt : bap bap bap bap bap bap bap -- Yemen waa-oow! -- Somali -- is there peace? -- Outro.
Summary Chronically questioning, funny, and bold, a young American writer explores the majority-Muslim lands that scare him most. Armed only with college Arabic and restless curiosity, Adam Valen Levinson set out to "learn about the world 9/11 made us fear." From a base in globalized and sterilized Abu Dhabi, he sets out to lunch in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, travels under the watchful eye of Aleppo's secret police, risks shipwreck en route to Somalia, investigates Yazidi beliefs in a sacred cave, cliff-dives in Oman, celebrates New Year's Eve in Tahrir Square, and, at every turn, discovers a place that matches not at all with its reputation. While politicians and media eagerly stoke the flames of Islamophobia, Valen Levinson crosses borders with abundant humor and humanity. Seeking common ground everywhere, he finds that people who pray differently often laugh the same. And as a young man bar mitzvahed at twenty-one (instead of the usual thirteen), he slowly learns how childish it is to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear.
Subject Valen Levinson, Adam -- Travel -- Middle East.
Middle East -- Description and travel.
Genre/Form Travel writing.
ISBN 9780393608366 hardcover
0393608360 hardcover

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