By Tahir Shah
Named certainly one of Time magazine’s Ten most sensible Books of the 12 months, Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House was once hailed through critics and in comparison to such shuttle classics as A 12 months in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. Now Shah takes us deeper into the real Casablanca to discover mysteries hidden for hundreds of years from Western eyes.
In this interesting jewel of a publication, Tahir Shah units off throughout Morocco on a daring new event beneficial of the legendary Arabian Nights. As he wends his method throughout the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Sahara sands, and samples the hospitality of standard Moroccans, Tahir collects a stunning treasury of conventional knowledge tales, gleaned from the history of A Thousand and One Nights, which open the doorways to layers of tradition so much viewers rarely notice exist. From grasp masons who hard work simply at evening to Sufi clever males who write for cleaning soap operas, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable, offbeat, and totally enchanted trip.
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