Children of catastrophe: Book review of Jamal Kanj’s personal account as a Palestinian refugee

Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America, memoirChildren of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America

Garnet Publishing, Authors: Jamal Krayem Kanj, ISBN: 9781859642627, Paperback, September 2010

From: Now Lebanon, March 2, 2011

ithout a doubt, Jamal Krayem Kanj has had an interesting life. He was born 10 years after the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and grew up in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. As a youth, Kanj flirted with the idea of joining the armed resistance in Syria, survived Israeli airstrikes and fled war-torn Lebanon to finish schooling in Iraq, before eventually settling down in the USA. If Kanj were to put all this down in writing, then it’s definitely worth the read.

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Professor Arash Khazeni Wins 2010 Middle East Studies Association Book Award

Arash Khazeni, an assistant professor of history at Pomona College, has been awarded the 2010 Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award for his volume Tribes & Empire on the Margins of Nineteenth-Century Iran (2010).

The recognition comes from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America, the premier scholarly organization in the field. Criteria for the award include “substantive understanding of the social and political experiences of the Iranian people and their civilization” and “their contribution to and influence on the world at large.”

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Beyond Belief: Two Thousand Years of Bad Faith in the Christian Church, by James Macdonald

Beyond Belief: Two Thousand Years of Bad Faith in the Christian Church

Beyond Belief

Two Thousand Years of Bad Faith in the Christian Church, by James Macdonald

By James McDonald

235 x 155mm
Garnet Publishing

January 2011


Who and what did Jesus believe himself to be? And who really founded Christianity? How old are Christian doctrines and where did they come from? Was Christ the God a divinity created from several existing Middle Eastern gods? Is there such a thing as orthodox Christianity when so many denominations call themselves orthodox yet disagree on important matters of doctrine? Which parts of what we think we know about Christianity are facts and which parts are fictions? How did the Christian priesthood arise? How were key stories such as the nativity created? Beyond Belief seeks answers to these questions.

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The General Supervisor of Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilization passes away

Unfortunately Dr Osman S.A. al-Bili, the General Supervisor of the Sheikh Muhammed al-Thani Centre for Islamic Contribution to Civilization, the main supporter of the series of books published by Ithaca Press, the Great Books of Islamic Civilization, passed away on March 14 in Doha, Qatar, as a result of complications to his spinal surgery.

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Former Durham academic released from Iranian jail

14 February 2011

by Daniel Johnson

Source: Palatine Online

Dr. Reza Molavi, former director of the Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS), is believed to have been released from Iranian jail roughly a month ago, but there remains confusion about his arrest.

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Richard Boggs talks to Excess Baggage (BBC 4) about with the Turkish Bath (Hammam) culture in Syria

Listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer

John McCarthy (Excess Baggage, BBC Radio 4) explores some ancient monuments and places of interest across Syria. He also hears about the Turkish baths- or Hammams- of Damascus and Aleppo. And travel along the backbone of England – the Pennines.

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