Making Peace with the Muslims: Stories

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Welcome Rain, 2003 - Fiction - 207 pages
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Through these stories, author David Gabriel explores freely, without the weights of politics and primers, revealing moments of meeting between Muslims and Americans. In "Necati Bey," an American businessman in Turkey is mentored, then strangely rejected, by an elderly Turkish artisan; in "The Blind Woman," a young hospice nurse finds her life course completely changed as she fulfills her duties to an African Muslim family; in "The Kapici's Wife," a Turkish diplomat, returning to Ankara after years in America, meets again a woman from his adolescence and realizes how removed he has become from his native culture; in "Irina's Lullaby," a young Frenchwoman married to an Algerian tries to reconcile her passion for the future with her feelings for her past; in "The Reincarnation of Donaldo Fuertes," an elderly Spanish immigrant recruits a young African-American Muslim to accompany him on a pilgrimage to his homeland; in "Civilizations Are Islands," a young girl, half-American, half-Egyptian, struggles with her sense of identity and self when she moves with her mother from India back to Egypt; and in the title story, "Making Peace with the Muslims," a young Palestinian woman falls in love with Raf Horowitz, an American Jew who left behind his life in America to make a perilous pilgrimage to Israel.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Seven debut stories, each relating some kind of encounter between Muslims and Westerners.The tales are timely enough, now that Islam has come to the forefront of the Western consciousness, even if ... Read full review


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