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Understanding The Middle East Book Club

Understanding The Middle East group meets on the third Monday of  the month at 7 p.m.  It has the purpose of exploring the rich culture of the Middle East through literature (poetry, fiction, memoirs). They do include readings of nonfiction as they try to gain an understanding of history and current events.  Although they read writers from the west, the goal is to discover the many talented authors from middle eastern countries who may not be well known in the U.S.  Even though discussions of politics cannot always be avoided, this is not the focus.

For more information, contact Tina Martin at  tgmartin89@hotmail.com.  New members are always welcome.

August 19 - The Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov

September 16 - A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed 

October 21 - Part I of Enemies and Neighbors: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel 1017-2017, by Ian Black

November 18 - Part 2 of Enemies and Neighbors

We do not meet in December.

The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307277732
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Anchor - September 9th, 2008

In The Siege of Mecca, acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls back the curtain on a thrilling, pivotal, and overlooked episode of modern history, examining its repercussions on the Middle East and the world.

 


A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300181432
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Yale University Press - June 5th, 2012

A probing study of the veil's recent return—from one of the world's foremost authorities on Muslim women—that reaches surprising conclusions about contemporary Islam's place in the West today

In Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had


Enemies and Neighbors: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802128607
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Grove Press - October 16th, 2018

In Enemies and Neighbors, Ian Black, who has spent four decades studying and covering the Middle East, offers a major new history of the Arab-Zionist conflict, told from both sides.

Setting the scene at the end of the 19th century, when the first Zionist settlers arrived in the Ottoman-ruled Holy Land, Black draws on a wide range of sources--from declassified documents to oral testimonie