On the eve of the revolution in Iran, Chloe Fowler, alone after the unexpected departure of her doctor husband, finds herself in a country undergoing violent change where everyone suspects everyone of something
Fresh insights, lively teaching and learning methods, and down-to-earth applications. These courses combine Bible study with dynamic learning activities and daily devotions. Prime-Time courses can be used to form a solid Bible study core for one or more years. This new look at the dramatic book of Esther uses the reader's theater approach to help students "live into" the story and relate it to their own experiences.
The follow-up to The Arabian Nights Reader, this volume investigates the transnational features of the Arabian Nights.
Understanding Diane Johnson is a biographical and critical study of a quintessential American novelist who has devoted forty-five years to writing about French and American culture. Johnson, who was nominated for the National Book Award three times and the Pulitzer Prize twice, has been a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books since the 1970s and is the author of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction volumes. Carolyn A. Durham explores Johnson's fiction and nonfiction works, emphasizing that setting is key to the construction of Johnson's literary world, a theme displayed throughout her eleven novels. Johnson is well known as a comic novelist who addresses serious social problems. Durham outlines Johnson's continued exploration of women's lives and her experimentation with varied forms of narrative technique and genre parody in the detective novels The Shadow Knows and Lying Low, both award-winning novels. Durham examines Johnson's reinvention of the international novel of manners—inherited from Henry James and Edith Wharton—in her best-selling Franco-American trilogy: Le Divorce, Le Mariage, and L'Affaire. As the first book-length study of this distinguished American writer, Understanding Diane Johnson surveys an extensive body of work and draws critical attention to a well-published, widely read author who was the winner of the California Book Awards Gold Medal for Fiction in 1997.
Veiling Esther, Unveiling Her Story: The Reception of a Biblical Book in Islamic Lands examines the ways in which the Biblical Book of Esther was read, understood, and used in Muslim lands, from ancient to modern times. It focuses on case studies covering works from various periods andregions of the Muslim world, including the Qur'an, pre-modern historical chronicles and literary works, the writings of a nineteenth-century Shia feminist, a twentieth-century Iranian encyclopaedia, and others. These case studies demonstrate that Muslim sources contain valuable materials on Esther,which shed light both on the Esther story itself and on the Muslim peoples and cultures that received it. Adam J. Silverstein argues that Muslim sources preserve important pre-Islamic materials on Esther that have not survived elsewhere, some of which offer answers to ancient questions about Esther, such as the meaning of Haman's epithet in the Greek versions of the story, the reason why Mordecairefused to prostrate before Haman, and the literary context of the 'plot of the eunuchs' to kill the Persian king. Throughout the book, Silverstein shows how each author's cultural and religious background influenced his or her understanding and retelling of the Esther story. In particular, hehighlights that Persian Muslims (and Jews) were often forced to reconcile or choose between the conflicting historical narratives provided by their religious and cultural heritages respectively.
Providing a broad ranging and unique comparative study of the development of English, Persian and Arabic literature, this book looks at their interrelations with specific reference to modernity, nationalism and social value. It gives a strong theoretical underpinning to the development of Middle Eastern literature in the modern period.
Far removed from the recognisable Scottish and rural themes of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's best known works, Persisan Dawn, Egyptian Nights, (first published in the 1930s), gives full reign to Gibbon's fascination with the fantastic and exotic following his military service in the Far East. In this collection we encounter a sorcerer on a quest for Life's lost constituent; a hunt for the last Neanderthal man; we watch a strange drama being played out in the Garden of Eden; and read how a Bishop inverted a famous text to save his own soul."
1000 wild tulips A journey to the beach with multi-cultural “me-no-pausal” friends
The Arabian Nights: A Companion guides the reader into this celebrated labyrinth of storytelling. It traces the development of the stories from prehistoric India and Pharaonic Egypt to modern times. It explores the history of the translation, and explains the ways in which its contents have been added to, plagiarized and imitated. Above all, the book uses the stories as a guide to the social history and the counterculture of the medieval Near East and the world of the storyteller, the snake charmer, the burglar, the sorcerer, the drug addict, the treasure hunter and the adulterer.
Ann von Lossberg and boyfriend Jim Hudock stand at the dock at Baltimore harbor and wave goodbye to their screaming-red VW bus en route to England--“just about the most beautiful magic carpet I’ve ever seen,” Ann says. Quitting their jobs and selling their possessions, they travel around the world with no fixed itinerary—presuming that their odyssey will be no less magical than Ali Baba’s classical odyssey. The first overland trip, two and a half years, is to the Middle East and Africa; a second trip to Asia is thirteen months. “Extended travel peels away the layers of your former self, especially the demands of Africa,” Ann says. “Something happens when you give up wearing a watch and relinquish control over time. Experience found us; extraordinary things that just don’t happen to people happened to us. We learned to leap, and the net always appeared.” The language that filled Ann’s journals, seasoning over twenty-five years’ time to become the sixteen stories of 1089 Nights, gives way to something rich and transcendent. A sympathetic storyteller with a keen eye—most commonly the lone woman traveler among men—Ann provides us with an armchair view of the world without the mosquitoes. From Syria to Mozambique to Cambodia, over and over, this heartening memoir shows us that the world is a wondrous place, that travel can change us, satisfy something soulful, and promote the most personal kind of peace. 1089 Nights is a passionate love affair with the world that carries an urgent plea. “The world passes us by faster than we know. If we don’t catch it soon, the airwaves will immutably wash over us in the same likeness. We will become as one.” “Hurry,” Ann says, “the camels are waiting.”
The “noble people” was the name given the Aryans who lived south of the Medes and east of Elam. The Greeks called them PERSIANS. To lie, cheat or steal was forbidden among them. More than 2,500 YEARS AGO their great king prayed that his country be protected from war, famine and THE LIE. Wars and famine came and went, still the Persian place in history was maintained. Only THROUGH LIES is that HISTORY BEING IGNORED AND DESTROYED by the Islamic Republic. Persian Horses, Arabian Gulf (?), the TALES of the Persian Nights; all points of Persian Pride are in danger. Since lying for the sake of Islam has been justified, even praised as “clever,” the Islamic Republic of Iran is being maintained by LIES. They want all things Persian to go away forever and be replaced by Arabian radicalism. DECEIVED is a story of change and regression, honor and deceit. It is the tale of a modern-day “noble Persian” who lived in Iran from the early 1900’s until the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and the American patriot who befriended him. One was reared to be a sheik, ride horses, and lead caravans across the desert. The other was born in Tenessee, served in the Korean War and eliminated threats to American interests; without question. Fate intervened to change both their lives forever and lead to the beginning of the end for Persia. Although it is historical FICTION, some of the events were actual happenings told to the author by those who were there. Pat Hale has a Master’s degree in Divinity from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and is, currently, working on a History Master’s at American Public University online. Pat resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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