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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alexandra Avakian is a photojournalist and a member of the prestigious Contact Press Images photo agency in New York. She is a contract photographer with National Geographic and frequently publishes in Time, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia W. Curiel on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World

This book offers a striking view of the Muslim world through the lens of an amazing photographer who challenges our misconceptions and prejudices. Alexandra Avakian takes us on a photographic journey that questions the popular perceptions of Islam and engages the reader to see the beauty of a world many will never see in person. Her images are exquisite. Her thoughtfulness is poignant. It is a gem worth opening again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Life of Riley on November 8, 2008
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The photography is incredible! The access the photographer had is unprecedented. This book touches tucked away emotions and brings the diversity of our world to one's fingertips. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Crouch on November 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book offers not only a rare insight to some of the most conflicted and volatile areas of the world over the last 20-plus years, it also provides a window into the dedication of Avakian herself, for the sake of true photojournalism, and what it takes to be a National Geographic photographer. Her curiosity and sympathy for those caught in conflict, regardless of political correctness, gave me a raw view of both the terror and simple love of humanity that she brings to her craft. Visually stunning, visceral, thought provoking, leaving me wanting to understand more about my fellow humans within the Muslim world.

Jim Crouch
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean G. on October 15, 2008
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Ms. Avakian's photographs speak for themselves. Photocaptions and text are almost unnecessary except I couldn't wait to read the captions to learn more! The story of her brave journey is poignant and very informative. Even if you know nothing about this part of our world, you will be revited and enlightened by this talented photojournalist's book.
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By Ow. Stoeber on April 27, 2013
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what a wonderful set of pictorial documents of our fragile world by a brave artist, thank you Alexandra for your journeys east.
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More About the Author

Please visit www.alexandraavakian.com for Alexandra Avakian's bio, pix, press coverage and more. Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World is a photographic memoir, 17 years in the making, published by the National Geographic Society. Windows of the Soul was chosen #4 on Oprah The O Magazine Christmas List for 2008.
Avakian has been widely published in top US and European magazines since 1984 and has covered many of the major historic events of her time.

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