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Currently readingThe Elephant, The Tiger, and the Cellphone: India, the Emerging 21st-Century Power by Shashi Tharoor
I saw Ramallah by Murīd Barghūthī
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
A stranger in Olondria : being the complete memoirs of the mystic, Jevick of Tyom by Sofia Samatar

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Thank you for that excellent response. While I would, of course, appreciate your further comments on the We Look Like The Enemy volume, and do have my copy at hand should you be willing to go to the trouble of retrieving a copy, it is really not necessary for you to do so. My reaction was merely aimed a clarifying what appeared to be an anomaly in your library.

On one of your general points, I suspect that we all underappreciate the diversity of lifestyles and ethnicities in any culture, as well as the diversity of individual interactions between members of those various ethnic groups. What I did not appreciate about this volume was the author's seeming crusade to exacerbate hatreds between peoples by digging up rumors and rather silly conspiracy theories as well as reporting well established facts. One can only wonder about the goal is of such a performance.

I appreciate your post to the Political Conservatives list, and was interested enough in your background that I decided to take a look at your list. Generally very interesting, but I do have one question on one of your volumes. I note that you have given a high rating to "We Look Like The Enemy." Can you tell me why?

I ask for the following reason: I received a copy of this book when it was first published and was asked to review it. I decided not to do on the principle of "if you can't say something good, don't say anything." While the core observation of the book is clearly right - that Safardi Jews in general and Mitzrahi Jews in particular were discriminated against during the period of Ashkenazi dominance in Israel [a not unusual situation given the German background of many of the Ashkenzai and the inherent particularism of German culture before the fall], the author was so incredibly over the top that the book lost any merit it might otherwise have had. It has been a while and I thus don't remember the particulars, but some of her proof "examples" sounded remarkably like Jews kidnapping gentile children to bleed them for their passover matza. It is one thing to point out that your people have been subjected to discrimination and the very unpleasant consequences thereof, it is another to maintain that your persecutor eats your children.

Perhaps I missed something positive that you can point out to me?

In your LT Vegetarian group thread, you indicated your preference for Teaching Company historical lectures. Right now, we are watching two such series: "The History of the English Language" and "The History of the British Empire" The appear to complement each other.

Naren Jackson
In your LT Vegetarian group thread, you indicated your preference for Teaching Company historical lectures. Right now, we are watching two such series: "The History of the English Language" and "The History of the British Empire" The appear to complement each other.

Naren Jackson
Please tell me whereI went asrtay. If I used an Idea of yours, it was only to popularize it, not to claim it as my own.;)
It was more or less a work vacation, but is was good. As you might have seen I answered your questions all the same. The fury between siblings can be devastating. A nice day to you!
And a Happy Birthday as well as a Happy Imbolc Day to you.

It would be so great to be able to get your masters, and come out of this recession with a work history and a graduate degree. What would your masters be in?
You are as always too sweet. Thanks for thinking of me. And how is the work situation going? I think about you often. Certainly with each of your posts.
Hi Essa:
Good to hear back from you. I am well, and I'm trying to read as I can despite a heavy teaching load this term. I'm in the middle of an economic book, a memoir of Sandor Marai's (arguably Hungary's greatest author) and a history of Shapenote singing.

A nine hundred page book would take me much time to read. It does sound you have gained some valuable insights from it though--that's good. Perhaps some different views of Israel, Iraq, and Iran..

Happy Holidays, and I will check in with you again... rosinbow
How are you finding Lion of Jordan? Are you really still reading Esack's guide? rosinbow
Hey, I was looking through one of the Ancient History threads, and saw your post about Rondellus. Wow! Just listened to some, and was totally blown away. Thanks for posting this!

From so many of your comments it seems you work for a book publisher or something along those lines. Of course that makes you a target of envy. :)

Thanks for the book recommendation. I have checked a few times, and recently tonight, for it to show on LT search. I have not found it yet, but am adding to my wish list.

Prophecy and Propaganda: Images of Enemies in the Book of Isaiah
by Göran Eidevall
publisher: Eisenbrauns
ISBN 978-1-57506-806-0


I am studying Isaiah for Hebrew practice and because he is such an important prophet. Thanks so much for the book recommendation. The portrayals of the various enemy nations is an major aspect in the book. I will most definitely look the book up.

Essa, that British Archaeology site is wonderful. So glad you shared that in the Medieval group.
I love your library so far. Very eclectic. I have been trying to branch my out but I always seem to purchase the same subjects. You know, those last minute decisions at the cash register. Anyway keep reading and thanks for the ideas.
Essa, love your Morley quote. - Walf
Fiction. its about an evil king in europe who's son and daughter try to kill him.
do you have any idea's for a medieval book? I am writing one.
Essa, your "Decline and Fall" book looks hilarious. I'll keep an eye out for it when life takes a another turn, and I have more access to books...Walf6


Your goal of 'short, pithy phrases' is a goal I shall try to strive towards.
Well put.

Hi Essa,
I discovered your very interesting collection by way of that discussion we are taking part of. We do share some interests in books and in live. About the book you mention: when you google a part of the title plus name of the author you get a (long) article that gives the purport of the book, which realistic and hopeful.
Thanks Essa for the suggestions. Most of the ones you mentioned I hadn't heard of, so I'll have to check those out. I am not an academic or historian with a doctorate in medieval studies by any means. I suppose I would be considered a student or enthusiast, who reads as much about that era as time will permit. I am familiar with the Gies books and happen to like those. My focus in the medieval period tends to stay in Western Europe, mostly England and France. At the present, I'm looking to learn in more detail about the institution of feudalism, and law and punishment.

With law and punishment, I'm interested in learning about if someone was convicted of certain crimes (in medieval England for example), what were the penalties for those crimes. This could include "big" crimes such as murder, but also very specific crimes like if someone was caught poaching the king's deer, or if someone allowed their pigs to feed on the acorns in the royal forest at non-permitted times of the year, or if a tenant was trying to expand their strips of land by secretly moving a fence line. Things of that nature. Does the book you mention, Medieval Underworld, go into such details?

Always nice to find others interested in medieval history. I found your profile through the Medieval Europe group. Any particular book you would recommend? What's your favorite non-fiction book on medieval history? I'm always looking for new books to add to my library. Thanks.

Thank you for joining Pro and Con (Religion). I hope this is a place where the comfortable are afflicted and the afflicted are comforted. Let’s go it with all seriousness, but I hope we can have great fun at the same time. If I were God, I would part the waters of distance, and instantly transport us all to this great pub I used to frequent in Germany with a group of other Auslanders, but alas, I am but a lowly mortal, and so we have to do this via the internet.

All I ask is that every one remain respectful, even if there are times when you are spewing your coffee over the screen.
Thanks Essa for the soy suggestions, both the online and the books; it will be a big change for me, but looking just at what you pointed me to so far, it looks like this could be a healthy and do-able adventure. Very appreciative, ER
Hi Essa!

Nagarjuna/Hypberborean here. Thank you for the welcome. You have a very interesting library. It looks like we have several things in common. I'm particularly impressed with your books on Islam and especially about muslim women. A book I recommend you to read is Women in World Religions, edited by Arvind Sharma. Come to think of it, I would also recommend Muslim Politics by Eickelmann & Piscatori, and Mystical Islam by Julian Baldick (if you haven't read them already).
Hey there Essa. It is the Auk_Master, a.k.a. DarthPoppy, thanks for the invite. Now I will have a look at what you have been reading!
Hi, Essa!
Thanks for your comment. I wanted to tell you, too, that I envy your collection of texts on various religions. Were you a religious studies major in college?
With the SW books - I'm like an alcoholic working at the Jack Daniels factory. I'm trying to resist the SW Vault - a lot of them turn up at Half Price and as Bargain titles - and my employee discount helps(or hurts, I can't decide). It must be proof that not even a CGI-crazed GL can ruin the SW universe, no matter how hard he tries. The novels often give more depth and life than anything you seen on screen.
"See" you around, here or at ORS.
I like your animated graphic!
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