The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah by Adam Valen Levinson audiobook

The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East

By Adam Valen Levinson
Read by Vikas Adam

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781541407688

  • ISBN: 9781541407688

Runtime: 11.81 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Levinson skillfully relates aspects of his destinations' histories alongside his journalist's observations and personal thoughts and emotions in this unique and illuminating travelogue. Booklist

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Author Bio: Adam Valen Levinson

Author Bio: Adam Valen Levinson

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English