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Oman and the United Arab Emirates

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History

by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

A Peace to End All Peace

A Peace to End All Peace

by David Fromkin

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Indispensable to understanding current tensions, alliances and the colonial legacy of the region, Fromkin's vivid tale of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern Middle East is out in a 20th anniversary edition. (ARB13, $23.00)

Arabian Sands

Arabian Sands

by Wilfred Thesiger

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The last of the great British traveler-explorers, Thesiger (1910-2003) journeyed among the nomadic camel-breeding peoples of Southern Arabia in the late 1940s, falling in love with the desert and ways of life of the Bedouin. This eloquent book is his tribute to them. (ARB15, $17.00)

Lonely Planet Oman, UAE, & Arabian Peninsula

Lonely Planet Oman, UAE, & Arabian Peninsula

by Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 596 PAGES

A practical guide to the gulf states including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. (ARB87, $34.99)

Oman, United Arab Emirates Map

Oman, United Arab Emirates Map

by Gizi Map

  • MAP

Oman and the UAE at a scale of 1:1,250,000. (ARB48, $14.95)

 
Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)

Say It in Arabic (Egyptian)


by Farouk El-Baz

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1968
  • PAPER
  • 185 PAGES

A guide to common words and phrases in the widely spoken Cairo dialect. (ARB54, $4.95)

Behind the Veil in Arabia, Women in Oman

Behind the Veil in Arabia, Women in Oman


by Unni Wikan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

An insightful and remarkable look at the role of women in Oman based on Wikan's fieldwork as well as her personal experiences and impressions of the place. (ARB05, $25.00)

No god but God

No god but God


by Reza Aslan

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

A scholar of religion and commentator, Aslan looks back to Muhammad in Mecca and the original vision of Islam in this engaging report on the meaning and message of Islam in the 21st century, fully revised for this second edition. (ISL50, $17.00)

Orientalism


by Edward W. Said

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An influential account of Western attitudes and Muslim stereotypes by the great Middle East scholar. First published in 1978. (ISL07, $16.95)

Rock the Casbah, Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

Rock the Casbah, Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World


by Robin Wright

  • RELIGION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

A veteran journalist in the Middle East, Wright (Dreams and Shadows) interviews the youth at the forefront of the Arab revolt in this insightful portrait of the region at a moment of change. (ISL100, $17.00)

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power


by Daniel Yergin

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 908 PAGES

Master storyteller Yergin conjures a large and fascinating cast of tycoons, sheiks and politicians in this monumental and thoroughly researched history examining the story of petroleum and the West's dependence on the oil-rich Middle East. (ARB36, $22.00)

Empty Quarter

Empty Quarter


by George Steinmetz

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

In an amazing feat of politics and derring-do, photographer George Steinmetz crossed the Arabian Peninsula in a motorized paraglider, capturing the drama and allure of the remarkable Rub'al-Khali, largest and hottest desert in the world, in glorious color. With maps, essays and a tribute to Wilfred Thesiger and the explorers who came before. (ARB122, $40.00)

The Road to Ubar, Finding the Atlantis of the Sands

The Road to Ubar, Finding the Atlantis of the Sands


by Nicholas Clapp

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

A fascinating day-by-day account of Clapp's search in the 1980s for the ruins of Ubar, an ancient Arabian trading center on the frankincense route in Oman's Empty Quarter. (ARB49, $19.95)

The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction

The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction


by Denys Johnson-Davies

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A sweeping and remarkably diverse collection of the work of 79 writers representing 14 countries. (ARB86, $17.00)

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