Palestine (2nd ed.)
Mariam Shahin; photography by George Azar
5 3/4" x 8 3/4" • 512 pages • full-color photos, maps
ISBN 9781566565578 (UK ISBN 9781905214518) • paperback • $27.95 •
"Valuable...This is truly a guidebook, a resource for readers seeking information about the cultural, social, and geographic character of Palestine, a region with a long history but no current political existence. Shahin provides detailed descriptions of every region-its people, towns, settings, and historic sites-while photographer Azar contributes a multitude of attractive and colorful photographs depicting a wide range of residents and places." -- Library Journal
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Independent Publisher Book Awards 2006 -- Finalist
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award -- Honorable Mention
Pick of the Picture Books -- The Independent (London)
Palestine: A Guide is an insider’s look at where, and how, Palestinians live today. This remarkable tour through the historic Palestinian homeland is guided by some of the country's most gifted writers, journalists, academics and photographers.
Intimate and honest, this guidebook offers an insider’s key to understanding the Palestinians and their relationship to their homeland, past and present. Explore the monuments of the past, as well as the vibrant towns, cities, hamlets and refugee camps of an emerging nation. Palestine: A Guide offers the visitor an authentic vision of why, despite lacking legal status as a state, Palestine is a real place on the world map.
Mariam Shahin, journalist and author, has been living and working in the Arab world for two decades. She is co-author of Unheard Voices: Iraqi Women on Sanctions and War as well as guidebooks to Egypt and Jordan. Her work frequently appears on both television documentaries and special news programs for ABC News, ZDF and the BBC.
George Azar has covered the Middle East and Arab/Islamic culture for over two decades. He is the subject of the Emmy Award winning CBS television feature "Beirut Photographer" and the photographer/author of the critically acclaimed book Palestine: A Photographic Journey. His photographs and stories have appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, and on television worldwide.
"Hugely impressive... deeply researched, written with flair and passion, and enriched throughout with Azar's beautiful photography. All the historic sites get their due, but so do the foods, costumes, arts and traditions of the Palestinians... this enticing and absorbing book genuinely does what its genre should: it makes you want to go there." -- The Independent
"The book is lavishly illustrated by stunning color photographs from award winning photographer George Azar...The meticulous text masterfully lays out the organic connections between land, people, and history. I highly recommend the book to read, enjoy, and give to others as a unique and fresh perspective very different from the guidebooks authored by non-natives."
-- Middle East Journal
"Beautifully produced with sumptuous pictures by George Azar... Excellent maps... Palestine: A Guide is abook to browse before you go, and to treasure on your return. It should whet the appetite of anyone contemplating a trip." -- Palestine News
"For the armchair traveller and the prospective visitor, this is a useful primer... beautifully illustrated..." -- The Daily Telegraph
"Serves as a wonderful resource for those actually traveling to Palestine, and makes a touching gift of defiance for those still dreaming of a return to Palestine."
--Lynne Rogers, Al Jadid Magazine
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