The Middle East Bedside Book

The idea of evolution appeared in the works of Rumi, who died in 1273? This book is packed with tidbits of new information, enchanting stories, anecdotes, and travelers' tales.

Author: Tahir Shah

Publisher: Octagon Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 287

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Did you know that... King John of England offered to convert to Islam and hand over fealty of his kingdom in return for help from the Moors? Goethe was much influenced by the Persian poet Hafiz, known to his 14th-century contemporaries as "sugarlips"? The world's oldest university was founded in Cairo - long before those in the West? Georgian architecture was anticipated in at least one Persian building of the 6th century B.C.? Freudian theories of dreams were propounded by Hakim Sanai of Ghazna centuries before Freud's birth? The idea of evolution appeared in the works of Rumi, who died in 1273? This book is packed with tidbits of new information, enchanting stories, anecdotes, and travelers' tales. The advice offered in the section "Eastern Customs - Western Travelers" is invaluable for the business traveler. The Middle East Bedside Book brings the full color and spirit of this region to life through the eyes of past and present writers, observers, poets, and travelers. Dress, medicine, backgammon, psychology, politics, chess, attitudes about women, honor, music - even toothpicks and tourists - are covered. Like every good bedside book, each entry entertains, absorbs, moves to laughter, amazement, and even tears. A timely look at common threads linking Western culture with the Middle East.

The Bedside Book of the Garden

Spice sellers were known as 'saffron grocers' in those days and its production centre was Saffron Walden in Essex. ... some corms back from the Middle East in a hollowed-out stall and then planted them in his home town of Walden.

Author: Dr D G Hessayon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446497046

Category: Gardening

Page: 336

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The perfect bedside read from the world's best-loved, best-selling writer of the Expert gardening books. There are times when we simply wish to read about our hobby and not be badgered by advice. If you enjoy reading about plants whether or not you can grow them, or enjoy discovering gardens you may never visit and could never hope to match, or are keen to learn how people gardened in the past and what they have contributed to our gardens today, then this is the book for you. It includes sections on the great gardeners in history; extraordinary and surprising plants; remarkable gardens around the world; key gardening moments in history; the wildlife in our gardens; things for the plant lover to do indoors, and other 'this and that' trivia, statistics and fascinating things you never knew, all illustrated with charming line drawings. The Bedside Book of the Garden is a gardening book to be read at leisure, which will never tell you that you have to go outside, and which will not only make you a better gardener but will open your eyes to the magic of gardening.

A Waterfowler s Bedside Book Hard Cover

For months it seemed that the news had been full of turmoil in the middle-east, terrorist threats at home, plus the usual crop of murders, rapes, scandal and political sleaze. How fantastic to be out on a lonely foreshore, with ...

Author: Eric Begbie


ISBN: 140921611X


Page: 128

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A selection of stories and articles about wildfowling and country life from one of the leading outdoors writers. This anthology is the ideal bedside book for everyone interested in country pursuits.

A to Z Geology of India Stratigraphy and Fossils A Bedside Book

Karal: These are beach rocks of middle to Late Holocene age occurring as isolated patches along coast in Maharashtra, ... Karikal Beds: In 1884 in an artisian well boring at Karikal (Karai Kal) near east coast in Tamil Nadu, ...

Author: O.P. Mathur

Publisher: Scientific Publishers

ISBN: 9387869490

Category: Science

Page: 207

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The book is in the form of a ready reference. The subject matter of stratigraphy is full of names of formations, groups, etc. At times when we need to know about a certain formation for which we do not know the exact stratigraphic position, then we have to search the entire book, page by page, which becomes quite irritating and time consuming. To overcome this problem, the idea of arranging the different formations in an alphabetic order occurred to the author. During this process it was seen that many small formations, which are otherwise important, do not get their due representation, because they lie in company or association with much larger formations. Otherwise also stratigraphy is nothing but an orderly and chronological arrangement of different formations. In other words, we can say that stratigraphy is a language by itself, where different formations are its words. Same is the case with large number of fossils occurring in different formations. In the usual literature on the subject, it is practically impossible to find in what formation or formations a particular fossil occurs and to which fossil group it belongs. Alphabetical arrangement of fossils as shown in the list of fossils will help students and scholars to persue their task in an easier and quicker way. To arrange such a large number of fossils in an alphabetical order and to find their fossil groups was really a tough job. Still the author does not claim that all the formations and fossils occurring in the Indian stratigraphy are included in this book, and it cannot be the last word on the subject. This is more true in case of fossils, where unlimited literature is available.

The Great Journeys in History

He is author of some 20 books, including Country Towns (1975), One People, One Destiny: The Story of Federation (2001) ... of more than a dozen books on cultural and intercultural studies, including The Middle East Bedside Book (ed., ...

Author: Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500775672

Category: History


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Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, David Livingstone, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong: these are some of the greatest travellers of all time. This book chronicles their stories and many more, describing epic voyages of discovery from the extraordinary migrations out of Africa by our earliest ancestors to the latest voyages into space. In antiquity, we follow Alexander the Great to the Indus and Hannibal across the Alps; in medieval times we trek beside Genghis Khan and Ibn Battuta. The Renaissance brought Columbus to the Americas and the circumnavigation of the world. The following centuries saw gaps in the global maps filled by Tasman, Bering and Cook, and journeys made for scientific purposes, most famously by von Humboldt and Darwin. In modern times, the last inhospitable ends of the earth were reached including both poles and the world's highest mountain and new elements were conquered. With evocative photographs, paintings and portraits, The Great Journeys in History reveals the stories of those who were there first, who explored the unexplored and who set out into the unknown, bringing alive the romance and thrill of travel.

New Revolutions for a Small Planet

... 'Astrological World Cycles', East West Magazine, 1932 17 Shah, T (ed), The Middle East Bedside Book, 1991, The Octagon Press 18 See the work of Rupert Sheldrake, especially his book A New Science of Life 19 Miller, R A and Miller, ...

Author: Kingsley Dennis

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1780284276

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 274

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According to sociologist Kingsley L. Dennis, our current economic woes are part of a larger shift in the way our global systems function. In his recent book, New Revolutions for a Small Planet (Watkins, November 2012), Dennis provides a strong dose of hope for young adults everywhere—especially those hit hardest by the current economic crisis. According to Dennis, we are witnessing the last throes of the industrial revolution model and mindset. "The signs are all around us," he says, pointing to the rise of decentralized communications, the growth of NGOs and volunteerism, and rising social unrest against dysfunctional political systems. "These are all harbingers of the next phase of our socio-cultural evolution." New Revolutions looks at what young people can expect in the years ahead: The birth of the ‘empathic mind,’ which is heralded by greater global interconnections, networked communication, and a participatory culture; A burgeoning sense of a dynamic, enchanting cosmos; and the increased urge to find personal meaning and fulfillment in life; Greater awareness of how new innovations will lead to creative new ways of thinking that will solve the world’s current problems; New systems and models that will emerge to eventually make the old models obsolete. In his conclusion, Dennis writes that "Revolutions in communications and energy technology go together with our shifting forms of consciousness," and that "life upon this planet is about to undergo a period of transition that will test our capacity to re-adapt and re-emerge on an unprecedented scale."

The Muslim 100

Sankari, J., Fadlallah: The Making of a Radical Shi'ite Leader, London: Saqi Books, 2005. Sardar, Z., Desperately Seeking Paradise: ... The Middle East Bedside Book, London: Octagon Press, 1991. Shah-Kazemi, R., Justice and Remembrance: ...

Author: Muhammad Mojlum Khan

Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1847740294

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

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"It is rare to see a publication which includes personalities from both Shia and Sunni schools of thought and which is so much needed in today's turbulent world. This book, I believe will . . . enrich our understanding of not only the historical but the contemporary history of the Muslim."—Ahmed J. Versi, chief editor of The Muslim News (London) Who have been the Muslim world's most influential people? What were their ideas, thoughts, and achievements? In one hundred short and engaging profiles of these extraordinary people, fourteen hundred years of the vast and rich history of the Muslim world is unfolded. For anyone interested in getting an intimate view of Islam through its kings and scholars, generals and sportsmen, architects and scientists, and many others—this is the book for you. Among those profiled are the Prophet Muhammad, the Caliph Umar, Imam Husain, Abu Hanifa, Harun al-Rashid, al-Khwarizmi, al-Ghazali, Saladin, Rumi, Ibn Battuta, Sinan, Ataturk, Iqbal, Jinnah, Ayatollah Khomeini, Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali.

Beyond the Devil s Teeth

Journeys in Gondwanaland Tahir Shah. Also by Tahir Shah: The Middle East Bedside Book Sorcerer's.

Author: Tahir Shah

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1783011114



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Forty-five million years ago, the supercontinent of Gondwanaland split apart. This created what are now known as India, Africa and South America. The huge landmass was named after the Gond people of India. Meeting a Gond storyteller on a visit to Bombay, Tahir Shah heard their ancient saga. He vowed to visit all three parts of Gondwanaland. As he travelled he met an extraordinary range of wanderers and expatriates, attended magical ceremonies and sought mythical treasures. Roughing it most of the way, Shah's expeditions move through sweltering India and Pakistan, Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Liberia, Brazil and finally Argentina's Patagonian glaciers.Roughing it for most of the journey, Shah shared his travels and his tales with a diverting mix of eccentric and entertaining characters, from Osman and Prideep, Bombay's answer to Laurel and Hardy, to Oswaldo Rodrigues Oswaldo, a well turned out Patagonian version of Danny De Vito.

In Search of King Solomon s Mines

Tahir Shah. Also by Tahir Shah: The Middle East Bedside Book Beyond.

Author: Tahir Shah

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1783011130



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Taking his leads from a mixture of texts including The Septuagint, the earliest known form of the Bible, as well as using geological, geographical and folkloric sources, Tahir Shah sets out for Ethiopia in search for King Solomon's gold mines.

Sopa de escorpion

... Nights La Mansión del Califa House of the Tiger King In Search of King Solomon's Mines Un Rastro de Plumas El Aprendiz de Brujo Beyond the Devil's Teeth The Middle East Bedside Book Sopa de Escorpión Un cuento dentro de otro cuento.

Author: Tahir Shah

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1783011033

Category: Fiction

Page: 150

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En la tradicion de Las mil y una noches, Sopa de escorpion es un tesoro de cuentos dentro de cuentos, donde cada uno se enlaza naturalmente con el siguiente, formando asi una cornucopia de valores y sabiduria tradicional a la manera de esas mismas obras que han moldeado el paisaje cultural de oriente durante siglos.