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My Life in Doha by Rachel Hajar
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Apr 12, 2011

bookshelves: auto-biography-memoir, first-reads

This book is a treasure. Dr. Rachel Hajar deftly weaves history, anthropology, etymology, literature and art into her narration, describing the social changes in Qatar as she experiences the changes of adapting to a new culture. References to Arab philosophers and poets, ancient Greek writers and medical technology are sprinkled throughout. Dr. Hajar covers topics ranging from dyes used in Persian rugs and signs to look for when purchasing fish to the misunderstanding of veiling in Western society and commonalities of religious faiths. Were she ever to host a majili, I’d long to be invited and to share in discussions of literature, news and society.

NB: I won this book through First Reads.
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