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  • Mirrors of the Unseenby Jason Elliot

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 20.99

    In our current climate of war and suspicion, Iran is depicted as the ?next? rogue nation that America and the world must ?deal with.? But the rhetoric about nuclear weapons and jihad obscures the real Iran: an ancient nation and culture, both sophisticated and isolated, which still exists clandestinely in major cities as well as the country?s remote... more...

  • The Pharaoh's Shadowby Anthony Sattin

    Eland Publishing 2012; US$ 14.57

    In a ruined temple on the Nile, Anthony Sattin sees a woman praying to the gods of ancient Egypt to bless her with a child. Later in central Cairo he experiences the exuberant celebrations of a saint?s day and hears their stony condemnation by an Islamist. The ancient continues to rub up against the modern just as dramatically as when Flaubert wrote,... more...

  • The Places in Betweenby Rory Stewart

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007; US$ 14.95

    In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night... more...

  • Foreign Facesby V.S. Pritchett

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 7.99

    'I am,' writes Mr. Pritchett, 'an offensive traveller'-meaning not that he is rude to porters, but that his praise of a country has sometimes been taken by its inhabitants as abuse or ridicule. Be that as it may, his book, which is based upon sojourns in Spain, Turkey, Persia, and the Iron Curtain countries, will delight every English reader. Pritchett's... more...

  • No Tigers in the Hindu Kushby Nigel Tranter; Philip Tranter

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 7.99

    Philip Tranter and three friends drove a Land Rover 6,000 miles overland from Scotland to Nuristan to explore some of the unknown Central Hindu Kush area. They set out to attempt the second ascent of the monstrous Koh-i-Krebek; to ascend if possible at least one other major unclimbed mountain and to map that previously unmapped terrain. In fact,... more...

  • Memories in Translationby Denys Johnson-Davies; Naguib Mahfouz

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 9.99

    Nobody has done more for modern Arabic literature in translation than Denys Johnson-Davies, described by the late Edward Said as ?the leading Arabic?English translator of our time.? With more than twenty-five volumes of translated Arabic novels, short stories, plays, and poetry to his name, and a career spanning some sixty years, he has brought the... more...

  • Tribes with Flags: Adventure and Kidnap in Greater Syriaby Charles Glass

    HarperCollins Publishers 2012; Not Available

    ?Tribes With Flags? is the gripping story of Charles Glass's dramatic journey through Greater Syria which provides background context to a troubled region once again in the headlines. more...

  • An Unexpected Lightby Jason Elliot

    Picador 2011; US$ 23.99

    Part historical evocation, part travelogue, and part personal quest, An Unexpected Light is the account of Elliot's journey through Afghanistan, a country considered off-limits to travelers for twenty years. Aware of the risks involved, but determined to explore what he could of the Afghan people and culture, Elliot leaves the relative security... more...

  • Oman - Culture Smart!by Simone Nowell

    Kuperard 2011; US$ 4.95

    Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will... more...

  • Iranian Rappers and Persian Pornby Jamie Maslin

    Skyhorse Publishing 2009; US$ 24.95

    Iran looms large in the psyche of modern America. For decades, it has been ?the enemy,? its government taunting us and attacking our Western, secular lifestyle. That is largely the Iranian government, however, not the Iranian people. Here?s the proof. When Jamie Maslin decides to backpack the entire length of the Silk Road, he decides to travel... more...