On a fateful evening in 1978, Chivvis Moore, living as a
carpenter in California, stops by the house of an architect friend. ''What if I
wrote to Hassan Fathy?'' Chivvis suggests, eager to meet the Egyptian author of
the influential Architecture
for the Poor. Less than three
months later, Chivvis arrives in Cairo knowing virtually nothing about the
culture and religion of the predominantly Muslim Middle East.
begins as a trip to meet Hassan Fathy becomes a 16-year odyssey that stretches
from a year working in the shop of a master carpenter in Egypt to fraught years
teaching English in Palestine.
a portrait of a land and a people not found in newspaper headlines or on
television screens, First Tie
Your Camel, Then Trust in God humanizes
the misunderstandings, misconceptions, and tragedies that arise when we fail to
appreciate the humanity at the core of us all.
Chivvis Moore lived 16 years in the Arab world, including 11
years in the West Bank. She has earned her living as a jourrnalist, carpenter
& general building contractor, editor, and teacher, and now works with
Zawaya, a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to the multicultural
discourse of the San Francisco Bay Area with the Arab arts. She lives in
Oakland, California, with her partner.
- Paperback: 422 page
- Publisher: North Loop Books
(June 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634139534