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Voices of Jordan

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Jordan's diverse socioeconomic make-up encapsulates, like no other Middle Eastern state, both the array of pressing short-term problems facing the region, and the underlying challenges that Arab states will need to face once the current spate of civil conflicts is over: meaningful youth employment, female participation in politics, and integration of refugees into society. ...more
Paperback, Amazon UK, 280 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Hurst Publishers (first published October 2018)
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Leslie Ann
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Very good read for my AtW challenge. The profiles vary in quality, but I really appreciated the diversity of the interviewees. The U.S. could benefit from this type of book.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely insightful book! It offers a window on the lives of every day people in Jordan and sheds light on their struggles and their joys; through which you find inspiration and motivation. The book flows smoothly and gives you an effortless and enjoyable reading experience while not undermining any detail.
Emil Avedisian
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a documentary film showing the lives of 10 different people living in Jordan in the 2010s, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring which now feels for many of us as a distant memory although we are still dealing with its consequences like the war in Syria.
The group is very diverse. This will surprise some because, as the foreword says, diversity is not valued as an asset in the Middle East, and as the introduction explained, we Jordanians 'live in dark' of one another, not knowing
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
And Rana Sweiss managed in a way to let the voices of Jordanians be heard in this excellent book that describes the diverse Jordanians that live in this country and that don’t exactly know each other. A wonderful and enlightening read.
Karim Merhej
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book offers an interesting look into the "everyday lives" of 10 "ordinary" individuals connected to Jordan (including one Jordanian expat living in the USA and a Syrian refugee living in Jordan), from a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds. The individuals include a woman parliamentarian, a public sector official, a caricaturist, a social media influencer, a Salafist from one of Jordan's poorest towns and a soldier from Aqaba, among others. All readers, regardless of whether they are wel ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The aim behind this book is to give a brief idea about the situation & challenges that faces our region, especially Jordan which has a diverse & complex society. Through the stories of 10 ordinary people living around us the author tried to make us aware of the challenges and struggles of our own everyday life. Each one of the 10 stories represents a decent section of the society that has its own dreams, ambitions, problems, and difficulties. This book Spots the light on different issues includi ...more
George Charonis
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5 stars. This is the first book on Jordan I picked up ahead of a trip to the country (not counting the guide book). Sweis has put together a colourful collage of personal stories, focusing on peoples' lives, experiences and outlook through their own perspective and voice. Although Sweis does not (aim to) offer a detailed socioeconomic or political analysis of Jordan, she demonstrates the vast diversity of present-day Jordan, illustrating some of the key challenges facing the country throu ...more
Debra  Wills
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: around-the-world
I enjoyed how Rana Sweis told the story of Jordan through many different people. I had no idea how challenged Jordan was and is in the Mideast. They have taken in many refugees and find themselves with a large youth population both give a need for change in dealing with economic strains on the government and the people of Jordan.
Great book and an easy read.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book for anyone seeking to understand Jordanian society. Stirring account of 10 Jordanian individuals navigating through life in modern day Jordan focusing on its socio-economic problems.

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