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'Teaching Plato in Palestine' Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bellydance

The whole body of instruments whipping in unison around a hairpin curve and hovering, the grace of a ballerina backed with the heft of a whale.

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Erosion Nearly Complete, Music Industry Begins Reconstruction at SXSW 2010

SXSW conference attendees took a workmanlike “how-to” approach to discussing new revenue streams, replacing the “what do we do now?” tone of recent years.

Dennis Shin
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The Arabs: A History by Eugene Rogan

Rogan often hints that current stereotypes of the Arabs as conservative, militant, and socially backward ignores a vibrant history of cultural exchange, progressive gender relations, and modern secularism.

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A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman by Wadad Makdisi Cortas

Wadad Makdisi Cortas understated but deeply nostalgic memoir of her childhood in Lebanon gives a revealing, appealing, and necessary glimpse into the Arab world of the past.

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Balkan Beat Box: Nu Made (Remixes)

While not a great album in its own right, it's a nice addition to the Box's small canon.

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Identity

As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.

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Dozan: Introducing Dozan

The neatness of the arrangements, and the way the voices come together, suggest madrigals.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Arabic Café

Listening to the Rough Guide to Arabic Café, I realised that this is not the same as the music you would expect to hear if you were sitting in a Western coffee shop.

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The Great Arab Conquests by Hugh Kennedy

Pair of books offer historical truths about Jewish, Arab territory.

Carlin Romano
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Amid crackdown, Egyptian journalist remains cheerfully defiant

By Liz Sly Chicago Tribune (MCT)

Liz Sly
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Arab bloggers pay toll for truth

Stephen Franklin
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Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh

Bring together Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh (1949- ) and Israeli statesman Shimon Peres (1923-) and the first thought that occurs to any longtime observer of the Arab-Israeli conflict is: Get a room.

Carlin Romano
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