Mad, I hope the party was great, and the personal drama understated!
Guys, I just wanted to comment briefly on my style & motivation here. I'm reading this book because I've felt in the dark about events in the modern Middle East for far too long -- I have not read much of anything on it in the past. I do, on the other hand, know the basics of the areas history, so I'm not lost in the book's references, nor those in the discussion.
My posts, I'm finding, are going to be mostly questions...it's partly how I function after 12 years as a teacher, stimulating discussion, but also mostly because these questions/comments are what are on my post-it notes in the book. I'm not feeling terribly opinionated about this book, because I don't have the background to critique it -- so I'm reading your comments avidly, and then tossing out other elements for you to dissect.
Just an FYI.
"All beings are the owners of their deeds, the heirs to their deeds."
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