The Abyssinian Proof

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Fiction - 396 pages
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"Constantinople, May 1453. As seven thousand armed men prepare to defend Byzantium against the invading Turks, Isaak Metochites and his family are entrusted with a silver reliquary carved with the figure of a weeping angel and an inscription: Behold the Proof of Chora, Container of the Uncontainable." "Four hundred years later, in Ottoman Istanbul, the local magistrate, Kamil Pasha, is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches, which quickly appear for sale in Europe. Christians and Muslims blame each other for the desecrations, and the city is on the verge of riots. Adding to the tensions is a series of murders in which all the bodies bear the same distinctive mark." "Sources lead Kamil to a hidden sect descended from Abyssinian slaves living in an abandoned cistern in Istanbul's gritty underworld. The reemergence there of the ancient reliquary and its subsequent theft set off a brutal race between those sworn to protect it and those who will stop at nothing to gain its explosive secret that could rewrite history." "As Kamil uncovers the sect's secrets and its connection to the reliquary, his most cherished beliefs about his family and his past are also destroyed. Caught up in the savage struggle over the mysterious box, Kamil finds not only his life in danger but his moral compass as well." --Book Jacket.
 

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Contents

Section 1
20
Section 2
42
Section 3
67
Section 4
77
Section 5
96
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Jenny White is the author of the Kamil Pasha series: The Sultanrsquo;s Sea (a finalist for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award), The Abyssinian Proof and The Winter Thief . She is a professor of anthropology at Boston University, specializing in Turkey.

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