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The Sheltered Quarter: A Tale of a Boyhood in Mecca

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Hamza Bogary describes a bygone way of life that has now irreversibly disappeared. He speaks of life in Mecca before the advent of oil. Only partly autobiographical, the memoir is nevertheless rich in remembered detail based on Bogary's early observations of life in Mecca. He has transformed his knowledge into art through his sense of humor, empathy, and remarkable underst ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Au (first published 1983)
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This book is an evocation of a way of life, a caste of lovable characters, who have been forever obliterated by the coming of oil wealth to Saudi and in particular Mecca. A Tale of Boyhood in Mecca. The characters are by turns naive, hilarious and totally human.

Originally published as Saqifa't al Safa (1983 Riyadh)

A very cute book with incorporates traditional Meccan traditions with and humour from Muhaisin himself. I was so happy for him that he marries Jameela, I had a feeling in my gut he would. The death of his mother was abrupt and shows how life can take turns in all different directions
The first book and autobiography I've read by an Arab writer about daily life in Saudi Arabia.The time is not very recent. It is one the first autob. in the Arab world. I enjoyed reading it.
A great story about old life style in Mecca... only the end I didnt like.
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