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The Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah: fear and love in the modern Middle East

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Chronically questioning, funny, and bold, a young American writer explores the majority-Muslim lands that scare him most. Armed only with college Arabic and restless curiosity, Adam Valen Levinson set out to "learn about the world 9/11 made us fear." From a base in globalized and sterilized Abu Dhabi, he sets out to lunch in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, travels under the watchful eye of Aleppo's secret police, risks shipwreck en route to Somalia, investigates Yazidi beliefs in a sacred cave, cliff-dives in Oman, celebrates New Year's Eve in Tahrir Square, and, at every turn, discovers a place that matches not at all with its reputation. While politicians and media eagerly stoke the flames of Islamophobia, Valen Levinson crosses borders with abundant humor and humanity. Seeking common ground everywhere, he finds that people who pray differently often laugh the same. And as a young man bar mitzvahed at twenty-one (instead of the usual thirteen), he slowly learns how childish it is to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear.
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subject_facetMiddle East -- Description and travel
Travel
Travel writing
Valen Levinson, Adam -- Travel -- Middle East
title_displayThe Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah : fear and love in the modern Middle East
title_fullThe Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East
The Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah : fear and love in the modern Middle East / Adam Valen Levinson
The abu dhabi bar mitzvah : fear and love in the modern Middle East [electronic resource] / Adam Valen Levinson
title_shortThe Abu Dhabi bar mitzvah
title_subfear and love in the modern Middle East
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Description and travel
Judaica
Nonfiction
Travel
Valen Levinson, Adam