Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Cole Twitter, Facebook,, Email, Books (Repeat)

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

Some book keeping for new readers.

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Those who like reading history and want a background on Egypt might enjoy these books of mine:

Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. This is written for a general audience and you will have some deja vu as you read about the Cairo revolt of October, 1798.

Engaging the Muslim World, revised Paperback October, 2010– has a chapter on the Muslim Brotherhood and the radical Muslim movements in Egypt as well as chapters on countries likely to be affected by the Egypt events such as Saudi Arabia.

For those who like pretty serious academic history, my Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt’s Urabi Revolution may be rewarding.

For more general reading on the modern Middle East, there are suggestions on the top left of this page.

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Israeli government’s Arabic websites on FB and Twitter

July 17th, 2012 Comments off
I really don’t know why the Israeli terrorist government bothers with Arabic sites on Facebook and Twitter. Most Arabs adheres to BDS and don’t even bother reading them or commenting on them. And a few Arabs produce what can be described as an anthology of obscenities and curse words and leave it on their wall.  But what is hilarious is that Israeli propagandists write friendly message them and attribute them to clearly fictitious Arabic names (most likely invented by ignorant Israeli orientalists), along the lines of Nabil Potato or Ali Cauliflower and Hasan Falafil.  

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Israeli MPs vote down settler outpost legalisation bill

June 6th, 2012 Comments off

View of the illegal Ulpana outpost, near the West Bank city of RamallahIsraeli MPs on Wednesday voted down the preliminary reading of a draft bill that would have retroactively legalised settler homes built on private Palestinian land.

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Fatwa allows Quran reading on smartphones

March 29th, 2012 Comments off

The National, Fatwa allows Quran reading on smartphones, 29 Mar 2012 

"Now, officially, Muslims in the UAE are allowed to stay connected to Islam while keeping up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle.

 ""There isn’t just one specified way of reading the Quran," said the fatwa, released by the Ifta centre of the Abu Dhabi General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf)."

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Oratorical (and reading) skills of Saudi King

February 11th, 2012 Comments off

Watch. (thanks Fatima)

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

January 23rd, 2012 Comments off
I do recommend reading that book. It is so well–written.  I reread it on the plane to UK: I read it mostly for its literary quality.  The man is often racist but with a flare: he insults but in such a flowery language.  

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The Economist is wrong on Turkey and Israel

November 7th, 2011 Comments off

I was slightly taken aback reading one of the leaders in this this week’s Economist, on Turkey’s foreign policy. The leader takes  Recep Tayyib Erdogan to task for his populist foreign policy. He deserves it, indeed, for his boisterous announcements about giving Syria an ultimatum (which has been allowed to elapse). But the leader pushes for Israeli-Turkish reconciliation for the wrong reason, with the assumption that Turkey is at fault, based on a reasoning that simply does not make sense.

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Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

I’ll be blogging later about the Tunisian results as they solidify. Meanwhile, for your reading pleasure, The Arms Control Association’s blog discusses the problems of the Iranian space-launcher/ballistic missile prograsm, in the wonderfully-titled “Iranian Ballistic Missile Program: Non-Barking Dog and Dead Monkey.”

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The Strange Power of Qatar

October 9th, 2011 Comments off

The Strange Power of Qatar, Hugh Eakin’s piece in the NYRB, is an overview of Qatar’s recent foreign policy well worth reading.

But I disagree with Eakin’s conclusion, reproduced below, that Qatar is merely using the Arab Spring to divert attention away from its domestic situation. I simply don’t see anny opposition movement making any demands in Qatar, whatsoever. The vast majority of the population is satisfied. Like the rest of the small oil-rich countries of the Gulf, there may be an avant-garde that would like to see more democratic institutions, but there does not seem to be any mass dissent by nationals (foreign workers may be another thing.)

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Tabsir Redux: Flipping through Yemen a Millennium Ago

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Mosque in Jiblah, Yemen

There was a time when books were hard to come by. Either they cost too much or were inaccessible in a private or exclusive university library. Whatever else the world wide web has done (and that is a mouthful), it now functions as an archive. More and more, the rare and out-of-print books I used to be forced to read in a library reading room are becoming available online. Mr. Gutenberg might roll over in his Grab at the very thought of a pdf file, but print has taken a new and universal turn. I especially enjoy the “flipbook”, which simulates turning the pages of images of the original. For an enjoyable read on the early history of Yemen, there is the flipbook version of Henry Cassels Kay’s translation called YAMAN, ITS EARLY MEDIAEVAL HISTORY, published in London in 1892. This has excerpts (not always trustworthy in their translation) from Umarah ibn Ali al-Hakami (1120/21-1174), Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406); Muhammad ibn Yaqub al-Janadi (d. 1332?).

The sad thing is that well over a century ago, Kay lamented that there was virtually nothing available on the history of Yemen, which had become of strategic interest to the British empire.

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