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 non-fiction 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 20 - Gaza Weddings by Ibrahim Nasrallah

September 17 & October 15 - Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

November 19 - Covering Islam by Edward Said

December - No meeting

Gaza Weddings (Hoopoe Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9789774168444
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Published: Hoopoe - November 1st, 2017

Twin sisters Randa and Lamis live in the besieged Gaza Strip. Inseparable to the point that even their mother cannot tell them apart, they grow up surrounded by the random carnage that characterizes life under occupation.

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invas ion to September 10, 2001 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143034667
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2004

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Directorate S, the explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan

Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679758907
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 1997

In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most "objective" coverage of the Islamic world.