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Forty Days and Forty Nights - in Yemen: A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light

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Tarim is the setting of a forty day Dowra (intensive course in traditional Islamic sciences) that was attended by Ethar El-Katatney in summer 2008 for the purpose of religious learning and self development. This photo-diary weaves together her life-changing experiences, the fascinating people that she met, the historic places she visited and a few of the pearls of wisdom t ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published 2010 by Ta-Ha
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Sarah Dorra
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A light (and a must-)read for everyone living in this busy life.

Reading this book isolated me from the world around me. Ethar's beautiful and graceful style took me to Tarim where I lived the experience with her and felt the same sadness she felt when I reached the end of the book, or let's say, the journey.

Another good thing about the book is that, with all what it carries between its pages of wisdom, spirituality, and deep knowledge, it's a very light read. It's suitable for non-Muslims as it
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W.B. Abdullah
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
An honest, thoughtful journal--I would have never thought of visiting Yemen before reading this diary, and now I so anxiously want to be a part of the Dowra program, inshAllah and experience a bit of what the author experienced. Got a lot of good quotes from this book, but Ethar's most insightful contribution to the world through this book is her honesty in showing the struggle and complex balance it takes to live Islam in the "real world" with all it's distractions and glitter. Sure, it's easy ...more
يوسف زهدى
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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This book wasn't written for me, the idea is presented with a lot of "wow" way language, the mix of habib way, some sofism, a personal journey with no impact for me.
Khadija Jamal
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is basically the actual journal of a young woman who jots down her thoughts every day on a 40 day intensive spiritual retreat in Tarim, Yemen. I really like it. It's not a literature masterpiece and is not supposed to be: it's simple and thoughtful at a level that is anyone can easily relate to. I especially liked the quotes that she included from various teachers she learnt from as well as the photos that she took of different things and places that she saw.
Iza Moraw
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful...absolutely beautiful... Makes me wanna go back to Tarim.
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هي صحافية ومدونة ومؤلفة مصرية، حائزة على جائزة السي إن إن الدولية للصحافة .عملت ككاتبة و محررة في مجلة مصر اليوم و هي مجلة تصدر باللغة الإنجليزية في مصر، والرائدة في مجال الشؤون الراهنة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط ، كما تكتب إيثار أيضاً في مجلة الأعمال التابعة لمجلة مصر اليوم.] كما أنها مساهمة في مسلمة ميديا ووتش ، وهو موقع إلكتروني ينتقد كيفية تمثيل المرأة المسلمة في وسائل الإعلام والثقافة الشعبية.


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