An evening in the MENA-X series with authors Ferial Masry and Chris Cryer. Chris Cryer's new book is Tolstoy in Riyadh-A Story of a Teacher and Her Muse. Ferial Masry is the author of Running for All the Right Reasons: A Saudi-Born Woman's Pursuit of Democracy. The two women discuss their lives, their friendship and their books on the Saudi exotique.
Well, perhaps, I am a little naive, but it never crossed my mind that I would not be safe. I had plenty of other friends, European, American, Arab who frequented Egypt often, some lived and worked there and they loved it. I was eager to see what they described.
Reviewed by Catherine Batruni
The processes of self-discovery, inner growth, and understanding oneself and the world are only a handful of the numerous intrinsic rewards of traveling. Every so often, something in our hearts stirs us in a kind of epiphany and encourages an abandonment of our monotonous routines. This is exactly what happens to Maliha Masood, author of "Zaatar Days, Henna Nights", when she quits her tech job in Seattle and buys a one-way ticket to the Middle East. She spends approximately a year and a half exploring Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. What some may find unusual is that a Muslim woman-and an American at that-was sufficiently footloose to brave the Middle East alone.
The film follows an airport janitor, mistaken for an airline pilot by local children, who weaves fantastical stories to offer them inspiration and hope.
Need to get through a checkpoint, or find an ancient monument? Then this is the book for you.
The only language guide of its kind, Dr. Yasin Alkalesi's Iraqi Phrasebook provides the Arabic neophyte with the Iraqi-Arabic phrases need to communicate effectively in general travel, medical, and security situations, as well as with ordinary Iraqis on the street. The book separates content by topic, focuses on conversational language, and presents Arabic phrases in easy-to-read transliteration. It features phrases addressing needs of military, aid, business, and construction personnel.