Hammaming In The Sham

Author: Richard Boggs
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1859643256
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Hammaming In The Sham. Legend has it that Damascus once had 365 hammams or ''Turkish baths'': one for each day of the year. Originally part of an ancient Roman tradition, hammams were absorbed by Islam to such an extent that many became almost annexes to nearby mosques. For centuries, hammams were an integral part of community life, with some 50 hammams surviving in Damascus until the 1950s. Since then, however, with the onslaught of modernization programmes and home bathrooms, many have been demolished; fewer than 20 Damascene working hammams survive today. In Hammaming in the Sham, Richard Boggs travels the length and breadth of modern Syria, documenting the traditions of bathing in Damascus, Aleppo and elsewhere, and his encounters with Syrians as they bathe. In his portrayal of life in the hammams he reveals how these ancient institutions cater for both body and soul, and through his conversations with the bathers within, he provides insights into the grass roots of contemporary Syrian society. Approximately 100 colour photographs accompany the text, portraying the traditional neighbourhoods of Damascus and Aleppo, and the almost religious feel of the hammams. The author''s intimate portraits of the baths'' employees and bathers show a unique side of Syria rarely exposed to the outside world.

The Lost World Of Socotra

Author: Richard Boggs
Publisher: Stacey International Publishers
Size: 39.73 MB
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The Lost World Of Socotra. Like a lesser Galapagos, these islands boast flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Moreover, the Socotran people have their own language (which lacks a script) and distinctive culture, cuisine and architecture: neither Arabian nor African, yet strongly and distinctively Socotran. Richard Boggs spent many months in this remote and other-worldly archipelago, mixing with the Socotran peoples and capturing in world class photographs the uniqueness of the land and its life. The Lost World of Socotra brings this remarkable location to a new audience and is, truly, a journey through lands like no other. It is a beautifully produced photographic book, which will hold strong appeal to all those with an interest in foreign places, world geography and ethnology, natural history, photography and travel.

Passion For Islam

Author: Caryle Murphy
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
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Passion For Islam. Owing to myriad social and religious factors over the decades, the Middle East exists today as an extremely combustible environment, a breeding ground for terrorism. Employing one particular country, Egypt, as a lens through which to understand more completely the power and turmoil of Islam today, PASSION FOR ISLAM explores as never before the forces at work in the region. Through the personal experiences and observations of the individual Egyptians that she met during her five years as the Washington Post's Cairo bureau chief, veteran journalist Carlyle Murphy explores four aspects of Islam's contemporary revival. In a fascinating look at modern Islam, Murphy provides a valuable lesson that is now more relevant than ever.