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The Independent has a regular feature in which it asks authors to write about a book which changed their lives somehow. Last week the London newspaper asked me to write the piece. Here it is: In early 1999, King Hussein fell sick on his return from treatment for cancer in the US. I was the Middle...
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Just want to say a quick but heartfelt, "Ramadan kareem!" to my Muslim readers.  For those who may not be familiar with this pillar of Islam, my blog of last year offers a brief explanation.  It's the first day of Ramadan in Jordan and, since the holy month commences in accordance with...
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When things look bad in the Middle East, foreign correspondents and diplomats and local politicians tend to forecast every catastrophe up to -- and sometimes including -- the end of the world. I generally have a more relaxed approach. Why? Because of Mary Renault. I discovered Renault in a used...
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Depending on location, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan either began yesterday or begins today or tomorrow.  It depends on the sighting of the new moon during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.  Globally, more than a billion Muslims observe Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam (the...