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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Ishmael Khaldi (May 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9655554732
  • ISBN-13: 978-9655554731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ishmael Khaldi, born and raised in a Bedouin village in Israel, served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Defense Ministry and the Israeli Police before being chosen to join the Foreign Ministry. He was Deputy Consul General in San Francisco from 2006 - 2009.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sherla D., Henkins on June 25, 2010
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A must-read book about an incredible and exceptional Israeli man and his extraordinary life, sacrifices, courage, and service to his country, Israel. And this book helped me even further, to learn more about Israel and her people. Wanting to learn from all sides is the best way to become educated in discovering the realities for living on this planet successfully with all people. We are all connected, and by promoting understanding, we can all learn from one-another, and help to make the world a better place. Building bridges of understanding is the key element of this book, and Israel and her people are at the center of the world. Everyone should read this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SeattleSwimmer on July 29, 2010
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Ishamel Khaldi has recorded a fearless,personal and deeply human explorer's and adventurer's journey as the first of his millenia-old poeple to go from a Bedouin shepherd family/tribal tent into international diplomacy on behalf of Israel. He describes, as no one else has, the complex family, tribal,religious, Israeli and global dimensions of his life and loyalties and explains the uniquesness of being an Israeli Bedouin Muslim who loves his people and his nation profoundly while seeing the challenges facing each.

I recommend this short, personal,tender, funny and brave read for anyone trying to more deeply understand the future of democracy in the Middle East and the diversity of many Israeli cultures seeking to modernize while adhering to tradional values, rhythms and economies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marty on July 8, 2011
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Very rarely does a book cause me to evaluate deeply held beliefs, core principles, prejudices and ugly parts of my psyche.

After meeting Ishmael, my wife and I both read his book and loved it.

In addition to the great story, the beautiful advocacy, the well-reasoned arguments, I was forced to evaluate my thinking. I had previously thought that most moderate forms of Islam were just watered-down, secular expressions of the Islamic faith, or that they were the expressions of Islam by those who were less sincere, or not knowledgeable about their own faith. This books opened my eyes to an Islamic tradition that is practiced by the Bedouin people, one that is family-centered, rather than mosque-centered, an Islam practiced by nomadic people, and Islam that is perhaps more cultural than religious, but still based on centuries of tradition. This form of Islam is different than the forms of secularized Christianity and Judaism practiced in the west in that it is not a recent modification and watering down of tradition, but a time-tested expression of that faith.

Kudos to Ishmael Khaldi for making me think!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie Morgenstern on August 29, 2010
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This book delves into the bedouin society in Israel. The old merging with the new. A minority society in Israel with a look at the freedom and understanding possible when one cares to be a part of a democratic society.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lpreader on August 18, 2010
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A must read to get a view from an Arab, Muslim, Bedouin Israeli citizen, all wrapped into one very interesting diplomat. A viewpoint that is rarely heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Axelson-Berry on June 17, 2014
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Despite the lack of a solid edit, A Shepherd's Journey held my attention throughout and taught me a great deal about Bedouins, Israeli Bedouins, the relationship of Bedouins, Arabs, and Palestinians, and the leftwing backlash against those who support a just and democratic Israeli state.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Parker on February 3, 2014
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This book was hard to put down. My wife and several of my neighbors have also read it. A super storyteller. I cannot wait for future books by Khaidi.
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