Paradise Divided



❮Reading❯ ➶ Paradise Divided ➮ Author Alex Klaushofer – E17streets4all.co.uk This timely portrait of Lebanon exposes the fault lines that underlie the current crisis in the Middle East, and charts the country s attempts to rebuild a fragile peace after its long civil war and r This timely portrait of Lebanon exposes the fault lines that underlie the current crisis in the Middle East, and charts the country s attempts to rebuild a fragile peace after its long civil war and recent conflict with Israel Part reportage, part travel narrative, Paradise Divided chronicles the delicate web of relationships that make up contemporary Lebanese society Drawing on interviews with community leaders and relationships with ordinary people, it reveals a richly textured social and religious fabric in which Sunni and Shia Muslims, Druze and Christians of all kinds, from Maronite Catholics to evangelical Protestants, strive to maintain a delicate balance It offers an insight into how Lebanon s religious communities, their identities formed by history, landscape and their relationships with one another, came to be what they are today and how their different perspectives can lead to potentially destructive tensions What emerges is a quintessentially Middle Eastern form of coexistence, poised between tolerance and sectarianism a theme powerfully developed through the author s privileged access to the normally secretive Druze The reader follows the country s changing fortunes after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the subsequent pro democracy movement and withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanese soil The final chapters examine the aftermath of Israel s military campaign and the emergence of the new battle dividing Lebanese society as opposing camps struggle to have their vision for Lebanon made reality Paradise Divided opens a window onto a country little visited by Westerners for decades, and one very different from the war torn images of the Middle East that dominate our television screens Offering a unique view of the struggle between sectarianism and tolerance, and the relationship between the Arab world and the West, it is a book which sheds light on some of the central issues of our time.Paradise Divided

Alex Klaushofer was born in north London, grew up in Gloucestershire and has traveled extensively in the Middle East A lover of place, she writes about travel of both the body and mindThe Secret Life of God, a kind of spiritual investigation into how people in st century Britain are finding new ways of believing and belonging, is out now A series of short ebooks featuring standalone excerpts from the book and focusing on neopaganism, Sufism, monasticism and the solitary life, is also available In Search of Glastonbury, a short form digital travelogue or travella , is a companion piece to The Secret Life of God.

Paradise Divided Epub ò Paperback
    Paradise Divided Epub ò Paperback assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the subsequent pro democracy movement and withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanese soil The final chapters examine the aftermath of Israel s military campaign and the emergence of the new battle dividing Lebanese society as opposing camps struggle to have their vision for Lebanon made reality Paradise Divided opens a window onto a country little visited by Westerners for decades, and one very different from the war torn images of the Middle East that dominate our television screens Offering a unique view of the struggle between sectarianism and tolerance, and the relationship between the Arab world and the West, it is a book which sheds light on some of the central issues of our time."/>
  • Paperback
  • 308 pages
  • Paradise Divided
  • Alex Klaushofer
  • English
  • 12 February 2017
  • 1904955355

10 thoughts on “Paradise Divided

  1. says:

    This book took me back to the streets of Lebanon.

  2. says:

    I was disappointed that Alex didn t get to hear the views of Lebanese Armenians in Bourj Hammoud, Sunnis in Tripoli, Maronites in Akkar, Greek Orthodox of Koura, the Ahbash of Beirut, and the few remaining citizens who belonged to the Israelite sect in Lebanon.

  3. says:

    Fascinating read and I learnt so much about Lebanese culture and the many religions in the country It could be quite heavy and dry in places but overall it was really informative.

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