This is an excellent book, a must read for any person interested in the history of Christians in the Middle East.
Moschos' Spiritual Meadow was about the decline of Byzantium, this book is about the extinction of what is left from Eastern Christianity and Ottoman multiculturalism.
William Dalrymple is far more than a travel writer: he is a wonderful scholar and a very brave man, as well as being brilliant and VERY funny!
Too often we try to understand what is going on in the Middle East by looking to politics and governments. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judith A. Watson
William Dalrymple sets out with his backpack, pen and paper and a copy of the book 'The Spiritual Meadow' to travel to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt over six months in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Raghu Nathan
For Americans trying to make sense out of middle eastern current events, it helps to have some good historical information. Read morePublished 21 months ago by T. Kalamaras
Brilliant travel and historical narrative. Requires attention, you have to enjoy religious and middle east history and travel writing but this is Dalrymple at his bestPublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simply put, a fascinating book, and tragically, correct. The ME is depopulating of Christians, even in long-time redoubts like Lebanon or Coptic Egypt, where the Copts increasingly... Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Squires
What an unexpectedly profound, exciting and important book this turned out to be for me. Before I read this book, I knew it was based on the Byzantine journeys of John Moschos... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JC Davenport
This book may quite possibly be my favorite read on early Christian communities that I've read thus far. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by Natacha P
The writer's insidious hatred of Turks and all things Turkish is self-evident in almost every passage. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Big A