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Playing Cards In Cairo By Hugh Miles

Playing Cards In Cairo
by Hugh Miles

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* A unique insider's account of the drama of Muslim women's lives from the award-winning author of AL-JAZEERA
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Playing Cards In Cairo Summary

Playing Cards In Cairo: Mint Tea, Tarneeb and Tales of the City by Hugh Miles

Recently installed in Cairo as a freelance journalist and expat barfly, Hugh Miles soon meets and falls in love with Roda, a beautiful Egyptian doctor, who introduces him to Egypt's favourite pastime, the card game tarneeb, to her all-female card circle, and to a previously unseen side of life in the Middle East's greatest city. While the women cut and shuffle, Miles listens to their stories and learns about what it means to be a young Muslim woman, dating, dieting and divorcing in a country where traditional Islamic values are in the ascendant. Yosra struggles with an addiction to prescription drugs; Nadia copes with a baby and an abusive husband; neighbour Reem comes to terms with plastic surgery gone wrong; while her sister attempts to conceal her secret love-marriage from her family and to breathe life into a clothes shop run by a regime apparatchik with an Islamist vision of retail. Hugh Miles takes a fascinating sideways look at the lives of young Egyptians, and finds himself on a romantic adventure that will lead him to Islam and bind him to the Arab world for ever.

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Playing Cards In Cairo Reviews

For AL JAZEERA: ** 'Western policymakers have much to learn from this stylish, highly intelligent book' DAILY TELEGRAPH ** 'Pacey, nicely written and well contexualised' INDEPENDENT ** 'A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the Arab world now - and what it might become' SCOTSMAN

About Hugh Miles

Born in Saudi Arabia, Hugh Miles was educated in Libya and Eton and studied Arabic at Oxford and in the Yemen. He has written for the London Review of Books and the Sunday Times. He won The Times Young Journalist of the Year award in 2000.

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Playing Cards In Cairo: Mint Tea, Tarneeb and Tales of the City by Hugh Miles
Hugh Miles
The Hungry Student
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
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