Cultural Books

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The Palestinians: people of the olive tree
by Kamel S. Abu Jaber

This captivating book is a collection of heart-wrenching stories of the people of Palestine. Depicting the human face of the Palestinians, an aspect too often ignored and frequently distorted by the media, Professor Kamel Abu Jaber eloquently puts into words the tragedy of the Middle-East, blending in tales of hope, love, defeat.

 

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Christian Antiquities in Jordan
by Bishop Selim Sayegh

In Christian Antiquities in Jordan Bishop Selim Sayegh takes us on a journey around the country’s principal Christian monuments such as the Royal Tombs in Petra, the ruins ofAl-Mightas and Karak, a city known principally for its crusader castle, but with a far longer history that this book seeks to reveal. This well structured guide is an essential resource for anyone seeking to unlock the treasures of Jordan and its vast, complex history.

 

 

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Beyond the Jordan
by Isabelle Ruben & Jane Taylor
foreword by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan

“This book is a beautifully illustrated and well-researched introduction to the history of a major centre of pilgrimage, significant to both Christians and Muslims. As baptism is the one great unifying fact for Christian believers, this place where the baptism of Jesus Christ has for so long been celebrated and commemorated is special and has great potential for bring a symbol of the unity we all seek.” – Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

 

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The Jordanian Palestinian Relationship: The Bankruptcy of the Confederal Idea
by Musa S. Braizat

Jordanian-Palestinian interaction is at the heart of the Arab-Israel peace process. The future of the Palestinians lies on sole the promise of that relationship. And in this book, Dr Braizat accurately presents the evolution of this fallible loyalty between Jordan and what is rest of Palestine, citing game-changers such as Israel, the United States and the League of Arabs.

 

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The Modern History of Jordan
by Kamal Salibi

Few states in the modern world have had a less promising birth than Jordan. When in 1921 the Hashemite Amir Abdullah was recognized as the ruler of this romantic backwater of the former Ottoman Empire, it was sparsely populated, extremely poor, and widely regarded as ungovernable. Today against all the odds, Jordan has become one of the most prosperous and stable of Middle Eastern countries and a major player in the region’s politics. In this political history, Kamal Salibi attempts to explain how this transformation was achieved.

 

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To Kill in the Name of Honour
by Shirin Mired
foreword by Rana Husseini

Jude Al-Hashem, a lawyer and activist for children and women rights, is unable to ignore the suffering of the vulnerable – even at the risk of her own safety. Though fresh from her most recent court success she devotes herself to solving the heart-rending case of Leen Al-Rashidi, killed by her brother Ali. As details of the young woman’s fate come to light Jude finds herself newly appalled at the lengths to which families are prepared to go in the name of ‘honour’.

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