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First Tie Your Camel Then Trust in God
First Tie Your Camel Then Trust in God

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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.

What 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.

Offering 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

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