Where the Paved Road Ends: One Woman's Extraordinary Experiences in Yemen

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2012 - Electronic books - 283 pages
In 2004, Carolyn Han left her comfortable life and position as a lecturer in English at Hawaii Community College and went to live in one of the most remote and mysterious places in the Middle EastOCoYemen, known in the West primarily for providing a haven for terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda. The previous year, she had sold her gold jewelry to travel with Bedouin by camel from Marib to Shabwa, and the life-changing experience opened the path for her to become the first American English instructor in YemenOCOs wild tribal area, Marib. Guided by fateful encounters and unfazed by warnings of danger, Han allowed her life to unfold as it might, with a sense of acceptance informed by the idea that whatever happens is meant to happen. Learning and understanding would follow. In this book, Han paints a vivid portrait of Yemeni customs, including their enjoyment of the stimulant qat and their proclivity for carrying AK-47s wherever they go, and she conveys what it was like to be a woman alone surrounded by a culture not her own. As the old saying goes, Han, the ostensible teacher, became the student, and through these pages she allows readers a rare glimpse into a Bedouin culture that most will never encounter
 

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Contents

Into the Hadramawt
2
Walking the Desert
2
BACK TO YEMEN
8
An Unmarked Path
8
Journey to Marib
9
Landing Head First
11
LIFE IN MARIB
11
Awaking in Marib
12
Rafallahs Tent
Broken Images
NEW FRIENDS AND OLD TRADITIONS
Sanaa
Living Traditions
Marib by Taxi
Bedouin Russians and The New Yorker
EnglishArabic Dictionary

Following Mohammed
13
No One Walks in Marib
14
Ancient Marib
15
Beginning to Disappear
16
Sunflower the
17
Foule Bread and
Black Goathair Tent
Confronting Conspiracy
LEARNING AND LISTENING
Queen of Shebas Temple
Alis Invitation
Eating Arsenic
The Looking Glass
Words of Condolence
Choosing the Veil
A Bedouin Tale
Disappearing in Marib
My Teachers
A Restaurant Guide to Marib
Blown by Desert Winds
Princess Shoes in a Fish Restaurant
Classics and Camouflaged Cars
Isolated Lives
Women over Sixty
Superstitions
Without Words
Spells Cast
PreIslamic Glass Beads
THE END OF THE JOURNEY
Christmas
Wine and Cheese
Diplomas
Celebrations
Tarim
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

CAROLYN HAN is the author of several books, including "From the Land of Sheba: Yemen Folk Tales" (Interlink Publishing, 2005) and three collections of Chinese folktales published in the 1990s by the University of Hawaii Press. She received a BA in English from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and an MA in comparative literature from San Diego State University.

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