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Syria, Lebanon & Jordan

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Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans

Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans

by Jane Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Petra's history from the Stone Age to the Nabataeans (who constructed the city) through the Crusades is documented with 150 full-color photographs. (JRD11, $30.00)

Ancient Lebanon, Monuments Past and Present

Ancient Lebanon, Monuments Past and Present

by M. J. Strazzulla

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 72 PAGES

Ingenious overlay illustrations reveal 16 ancient monuments from the days of the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Christian crusaders. The sites are shown first as they look today and then, via an overlaid acetate illustration, as they looked in their heydays. (LBN05, $29.95)

The Bread of Angels

The Bread of Angels

by Stephanie Saldana

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Ostensibly in Syria on a Fulbright, the 26-year-old Stephanie Saldana seeks solace at a desert monastery, reads the Qur'an with a prominent woman scholar (a chic Sheikha), teaches at a madras -- and falls in love. Full of memorable characters, this illuminating memoir is also a delightful portrait of life in the old Christian district in Damascus. (SYR20, $15.00)

Lonely Planet Middle East

Lonely Planet Middle East

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

A practical guide to the North African and Mediterranean countries of the Middle East. (MDE30, $29.99)

Syria & Lebanon Map

Syria & Lebanon Map

by Cartographia

  • MAP

This clear travel map covers both Syria and Lebanon at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (SYR10, $12.00)

 
Jordan Map

Jordan Map


by Cartographia

  • 2007
  • MAP

A folded, colorful map of Jordan at a scale of 1:700,000. (JRD18, $12.00)

Lonely Planet Middle East Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Middle East Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A compact phrasebook in the Lonely Planet style. (MDE172, $10.99)

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East


by National Geographic Maps

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

These maps graphically illustrate the history, politics, people and resources of the Middle East. With 40 photographs and 80 maps, including a two-page spread on each of the 16 nations. (MDE71, $21.95)

Syria, A Historical and Architectural Guide

Syria, A Historical and Architectural Guide


by Warwick Ball

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

With site plans, maps and a section of color photographs, Ball's compact handbook covers Syria's wealth of archaeological sites in authoritative detail. (SYR06, $19.95)

Soup for Syria, Building Peace Through Food

Soup for Syria, Building Peace Through Food


by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

In a global effort to help alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees, acclaimed chefs -- from Anthony Bourdain to Yotam Ottolenghi -- have compiled their favorite soup recipes into a new cookbook. All profits from the sales will be donated to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to help fund food relief efforts. (CUL14, $30.00)

A History of Jordan

A History of Jordan


by Philip Robins

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian. (JRD17, $35.99)

A History of the Arab Peoples

A History of the Arab Peoples


by Albert Hourani

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's acclaimed chronicle of the political, spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Arab peoples is brought up to date with an afterword by noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven. (MDE11, $22.00)

A House of Many Mansions, The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

A House of Many Mansions, The History of Lebanon Reconsidered


by Kamal Salibi

  • HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

A lucid history of Lebanon, balancing competing versions of the history of Lebanon's Christian and Muslim traditions. In the process, the Lebanese professor of history debunks some common myths and demonstrates how the persistent views of each of Lebanon's groups contribute to the current conflict. (LBN01, $30.95)

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East


by Robin B. Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Wright reports on the ideas, movements and obstacles to change in this incisive portrait. With chapters on the Palestinians, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Morocco. (MDE150, $18.00)

From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem


by Thomas Friedman

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

An illuminating and heartfelt exploration of the complex Middle East. Pulitzer Prize-winner Friedman provides a personal and a scholarly perspective on the roots of the conflict. (MDE03, $20.00)

From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East

From the Holy Mountain, A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East


by William Dalrymple

  • RELIGION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

In this beautifully written hymn to Eastern Christianity, Dalrymple follows the journeys of ancient monks and scholars through Istanbul, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. (MDE49, $23.00)

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. (ISL15, $17.00)

Lebanon, A House Divided

Lebanon, A House Divided


by Sandra MacKey

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

First published in 1989, this portrait of a nation (with a new introduction by the author) illuminates the complex history of this tiny nation and the many factions that still tear it apart. (LBN04, $21.95)

Mirror of the Arab World, Lebanon in Conflict

Mirror of the Arab World, Lebanon in Conflict


by Sandra MacKey

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES

The tumultuous history of Lebanon illuminates not only the challenges that Arabs pose to themselves but also the fear and hostility that arise in response to perceived threats from the West. (LBN09, $21.95)

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women


by Geraldine Brooks

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World. (ARB06, $15.95)

Roman Arabia

Roman Arabia


by G.W. Bowersock

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A remarkable history of the Romans in the Arab world. For the traveler with scholarly inclinations, this lucid book provides essential background to the Roman archaeological sites in the Middle East. (MDE12, $29.00)

The Desert and the Sown

The Desert and the Sown


by Gertrude Bell | Rosemary O'Brien

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A fierce explorer and archaeologist, lyrical writer and cunning politician, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) spent much of her life traveling throughout present-day Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan & Israel. The title of this classic account is taken from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. (MDE59, $12.95)

Empress Zenobia, Palmyra's Rebel Queen

Empress Zenobia, Palmyra's Rebel Queen


by Pat Southern

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

The subject of fantasy and fiction, Pat Southern's lively portrait of Empress Zenobia, the celebrated 3rd-century Queen of Palmyra (present-day Syria) hews carefully to what is known of her life and times. (SYR19, $40.00)

Married to a Bedouin

Married to a Bedouin


by Marguerite Van Geldermalsen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

"Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra. (JRD35, $16.95)

My House in Damascus, An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution

My House in Damascus, An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution


by Diana Darke

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In her personal, enlightening memoir, Diana Darke rebuilds a beautiful Damascene house against the backdrop of the Arab Spring's Syrian Revolution. (SYR34, $24.95)

Appointment with Death

Appointment with Death


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hercule Poirot steps into the story when an American tourist on a grand tour of the Holy Land is found murdered in Petra. (JRD02, $13.99)

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist


by Dorothy Gilman

  • MYSTERY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Mrs. Pollifax must smuggle a manuscript out of Jordan, a document that encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign. (JRD32, $7.99)

White Masks

White Masks


by Maia Tabet | Elias Khoury

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

Khoury (Gate of the Sun) infuses the spirit of Beirut into this beautifully written story of a journalist seeking the truth about the murder of a civil servant during the Lebanese Civil War. (LBN12, $22.00)

Birds of the Middle East

Birds of the Middle East


by Richard Porter | Simon Aspinall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An outstanding guide to 700 species of the birds in the region from the Arabian peninsula to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus. Second edition. (MDE17, $39.95)

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