There is much to discover in this little Kingdom in the Middle East. When you’re interested in finding out more about Jordan’s nature or best tracks to hike, or when you want to know more about the best guidebooks to prepare for your holidays, here’s a list with the best literature that has a connection to Jordan.
Into the Wadi
Michele Drouart's Into the Wadi is the true story of a young Australian woman who meets a fellow student at an American university who is from Jordan. They return to Jordan to live with his family and then marry. Written against the versions of Arab and Muslim culture found in such popular texts as Not Without My Daughter, Princess and Sold; Michele Drouart's memoir is a sensitive, compelling exploration of cultural similarity and difference, of family, exile and belonging and the complexities of human relationships.
Married to a Bedouin
Marguerite van Geldermalsen wrote this book and still sells it these days in Petra. You can find her small stall in Petra, close to the toilets. In the book, she writes about how she married a Bedouin, centuries ago. Moreover, the book gives a nice insight into the Bedouin culture, as parts of it are still tradition these days.
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women - international bestseller.
Geraldine Brook's Nine Parts of Desire is a story of intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. Defying the stereotypes about the Muslim world, Brooks' acute analysis of the world's fastest-growing religion deftly illustrates how Islam's holiest texts have been misused to justify the repression of women. Also, it touches on how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith.
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life - by Queen Noor
orn in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa Najeeb Halaby became the fourth wife of King Hussein at age 27. With her husband being not only Jordan's monarch but the spiritual leader of all Muslims, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. This moving memoir provides a timely look at one woman's story against a backdrop of 30 turbulent years: the displacement of over 1 million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, King Hussein's frustrated efforts for peace, and the effect of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. Queen Noor offers intimate new glimpses of King Hussein, Saddam Hussein, Queen Elizabeth, Arafat, and many other world leaders. A great book to get a better impression of the difficulty of the strategics in the Middle East.
Voices of Jordan by Rana F. Sweis
Rana F. Sweis' Voices of Jordan tells the story of Jordan through the lives of ordinary people. The characters include a political cartoonist, a Syrian refugee, a Jihadist and a female parliamentarian. The book tackles the raw voices and everyday struggles of these people and how they shed light on the politics, religion, and society of culture amid the harsh reality of modernization and urbanization at a time of regional upheaval. Rana Sweis, with her deep knowledge of Jordan's landscape, language, and culture, sketches an intimate portrait of the intricacies and complexities of life in the Middle East. She reveals a cast of characters shaping their own lives and times rather than focusing on how individuals are affected by events in the region. Voices of Jordan shares those stories in all of their rich detail, offering a living, breathing social and political history.
The Lonely Planet gives great insights into traveling into Jordan. But also the Rough Guides is one of our favorite guide books. This guide book gives a great alternative and off-the-beaten-track options for when you want to travel to Jordan. When you’re into hiking then check Jordan hikes and tracks by Di and Tony Howard. Furthermore, if you want to know the insights of Carmen (CEO In2Jordan) living her life in Aqaba, then buy this Dutch book, where she explains how she got to Jordan and how she experiences entrepreneur life in this lovely country of the Middle East!
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