The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear And Love In The Middle East

November 14, 2017|
The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear And Love In The Middle East by Adam Valen Levinson
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Chronically questioning, funny, and bold, a young American explores the majority-Muslim lands that scare him most.

Armed only with college Arabic and restless curiosity, Adam Valen Levinson sets out to “learn about the world 9/11 made us fear.” From a base in globalized and sterilized Abu Dhabi, he sets out to lunch in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, travels under the watchful eye of Syria’s secret police, risks shipwreck en route to Somalia, investigates Yazidi beliefs in a sacred cave, cliff dives in Oman, celebrates New Year’s Eve in Tahrir Square, and, at every turn, discovers a place that matches not at all with its reputation.

Valen Levinson crosses borders with wisecracking humor, erudition, and humanity, seeking common ground with “bros” everywhere, and finding that people who pray differently often laugh the same. And as a young man bar mitzvahed eight years late, he slowly learns how childish it is to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear.

Adam Valen Levinson is a journalist and travel writer whose work focuses on human stories in conflict areas. His work has appeared in numerous outlets, including VICE, the Paris Review, Al Jazeera, and Haaretz. He is an affiliate of the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., and a fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale...
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Title:The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear And Love In The Middle East
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:320 pages, 9.5 X 6.39 X 1.22 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 9.5 X 6.39 X 1.22 in
Published:November 14, 2017
Publisher:WW Norton
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780393608366

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