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This volume offers a collection of Middle Eastern stories which reveal the wealth of traffic between the East and the West. For example, excerpts from Western travellers' tales are contrasted with comments by the East on the West - often with hilarious results.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by The Octagon Press, Limited (first published June 1st 1991)
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Toni
Jul 27, 2015 Toni rated it it was amazing
A favourite quote from this book, full of jewels.
RAZI.
Ibn Faris ar-Razi, the philologist, is the author of these verses.
'Well, some things succeed and some fail: when my heart is filled with cares I say: 'One day perhaps thay may be dispelled'. A cat is my companion; books the friends of my heart; and a lamp my beloved consort.'
From Ibn Khallikan's celebrated biographical dictionary.
If that does not convince here are some section headings. TRAVELLERS' TALES. THROUGH OTHER EYES. THE PROPHET.
EASTE
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