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Meetings with Remarkable Muslims: A Collection of Travel Writing Hardcover – March 23, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Books; First Edition edition (March 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090787164X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907871644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,462,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. IMAM on February 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
(Lisa Kaaki)

Since 9/11 there has been an international interest in the Islamic world which has continued to the present. One of the latest efforts to shed some new light on Muslims comes in the form of a delightful book: "Meetings With Remarkable Muslims, a Collection of Travel Writing."

The idea for the book came after the editors, Barnaby Rogerson and Rose Baring, witnessed the marches in London protesting against the invasion of Iraq: "Realizing that the lies, half-truths and manufactured fears by which this war had been sold to the public were backed by the images of the Islamic world latched onto by our media - of bearded fanatics, suicide bombers and veiled gunmen - it seemed important to offer a broader, truer picture. As anyone who has traveled regularly within the Muslim world will know, this perception is willfully, even perhaps maliciously, false. "

The collection is divided into three parts, "Here and Now," "Memories," and "Ghosts," in which the authors show the lives of Muslims, highlighting the varieties of their practices and traditions. The book is more than anything about ordinary Muslims leading ordinary lives: "There are no world-famous presidents, revolutionary colonels, or publicity-hungry preachers in this world-view. Instead it is the porters, drivers, smugglers, musicians, teachers, mothers, neighbors and restaurateurs who are cherished for the example of their ordinary lives," say the authors.

Although most of the writers in this collection would not describe themselves as writers at all, the pieces are beautifully written. Alberto Cairo, a lawyer by profession, has been making prosthetic arms and legs in Kabul for the past fifteen years.
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