by Ahmed Abodehman - £7.99 Saqi Books (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780863563072 | ISBN 10: 0863563074
Ahmed grows up in a small Saudi village steeped in the family ties, legends, poetry and songs of traditional tribal culture. As he becomes a man, the cataclysmic changes of modernity spring up around him. Islam is imposing itself more and more strongly on tribal beliefs; moreover, the city begins to seem strangley attractive to his young mind. Ahmed struggles to come to terms with this newly unfolding world without forsaking his village, family or Hizam, the old man who comes to epitomise the traditional life itself.
This is an honest and enchanting coming-of-age story, and a dialogue between old and new. A revealing look at the religious, social and intellectual forces at work in the Arabian Peninsula, The Belt also challenges conventional perceptions of the region.
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