Tag Archives: Iraq

Dining With Al-Qaeda

Books for the Arab World in Troubled Times

Arabian Night Destination: Middle East

Book: Dining with Al Qaeda (2010)by Hugh Pope

Every Monday for a while now, I’ve been writing about books that might shed some light on the current internal struggles of countries in the Middle East (as well as Iraq and Afghanistan as the center of international warfare) for those of us who  plan to travel there in the future.

Some of the books I have covered are directly about the politics of the situation, like In the Country of Men, and some are poetic, like The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and some are strictly travel books. I think it takes an understanding of both politics and poetry–literature and news reports–for us in the West to build an understanding of the largely Islamic countries of the Middle East and the Arab Spring. Continue reading Dining With Al-Qaeda

Book Review:The Way of Herodotus

Herodotus, the Man Who Invented History
British cover


Destination: The Mediterranean and Middle East

Book: The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented History (2008) by Justin Marozzi (Also available for Kindle) (In England the title is The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus.)

This book has become even more appropriate since the wave of unrest broke out in Arab countries. We’ll be doing a series of articles on books relating to Arab countries over the next few weeks. Continue reading Book Review:The Way of Herodotus

Baghdad in War Time


Destination: Baghdad, Iraq
Book: Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity – My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos (NEW August 2010) by Manal M. Omar

A GUEST POST by Wynne Brown

(You may remember Wynne Brown’s review of Riding by Faith from Mexico to Canada Across America. Now she introduces another new book by another woman motivated by faith–but a different faith and a very different setting.)

Barefoot in Baghdad isn’t your typical travel book — unless war zones happen to be your itinerary of choice. Continue reading Baghdad in War Time