The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 3/23/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Since his boyhood in Qadhafi 's Libya, and later as a reporter for more than thirteen years in cities stretching from Tehran to Marrakesh, Neil MacFarquhar has developed a counterintuitive sense that the Middle East, despite all the bloodshed in its contemporary history, is a place of warmth, humanity, and generous eccentricity. InThe Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy BirthdayMacFarquhar shares a lesser known side of the region, the story he always wanted to file. MacFarquhar shows the daily lives and attitudes of people frequently obscured behind the curtain of violence: the stories of chefs and sex therapists, bloggers and academics struggling to reform on their own terms.

Author Biography

Neil MacFarquhar served as New York Times Cairo bureau chief from 2001 through 2005. An Arabic speaker, he grew up in Libya and covered the region for the AP, including stints in Israel and Kuwait. He is the author of a novel, The Sand Café.

Table of Contents

Mapp. x
The Beachheadp. 1
The Returnp. 13
The Good Lifep. 39
Satellite TVp. 67
Thanksgivingp. 105
Fatwa!p. 121
Talking About Jihadp. 149
Police Statesp. 179
Above the Lawp. 203
Tribesp. 221
Working in Isolationp. 245
The Muslim Brotherhoodp. 277
Arrested Developmentp. 309
Epiloguep. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 361
Select Bibliographyp. 365
Indexp. 369
About the Authorp. 387
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