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Season In Mecca: narrative of a pilgrimage, Abdellah Hammoudi.
1 Abdellah Hammoudi. Season In Mecca: narrative of a pilgrimage
New York: FSG Adult 2006 0809076098 / 9780809076093 1st Hard bound New New 14.6 x 2.7 x 21.5 cm 
In 1999, the Moroccan scholar Abdellah Hammoudi, trained in Paris and teaching in America, decided to go on the pilgrimage to Mecca. He wanted to observe the hajj as an anthropologist but also to experience it as an ordinary pilgrim, and to write about it for both Muslims and non-Muslims. Here is his intimate, intense, and detailed account of the Hajj--a rare and important document by a subtle, learned, and sympathetic writer. Hammoudi describes not just the adventure, the human pressures, and the social tumult--everything from the early preparations to the last climactic scenes in the holy shrines of Medina and Mecca--but also the intricate politics and amazing complexity of the entire pilgrimage experience. He pays special heed to the effects of Saudi bureaucratic control over the Hajj, to the ways that faith itself becomes a lucrative source of commerce for the Arabian kingdom, and to the Wahhabi inflections of the basic Muslim message. Here, too, is a poignant discussion of the inner voyage that pilgrimage can mean to those who embark on it: the transformed sense of daily life, of worship, and of political engagement. Hammoudi acknowledges that he was spurred to reconsider his own ideas about faith, gesture, community, and nationality in unanticipated ways. This is a remarkable work of literature about both the outer forms and the inner meanings of Islam today. 
Price: 26.00 USD
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Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way, Bob Henderson (ed.) & Nils Vikander (ed.).
2 Bob Henderson (ed.) & Nils Vikander (ed.). Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way
Toronto: Natural Heritage Books 2007 1897045212 / 9781897045213 Paperback New 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches 
Nature First combines the Scandinavian approach to creating a relationship with nature (known as friluftsliv) with efforts by Canadian and international educators to adapt this wisdom and apply it to everyday life experiences in the open air. The word friluftsliv literally refers to "free-air life" or outdoor life. A word saturated with values, the concept can permeate deeply and playfully into ones cultural being and personal psyche, thus influencing the way one perceives and interacts with nature on a daily basis. For centuries, the North American approach has been one of domination and bringing nature under control, in many cases abusing our natural environment in the process. The friluftsliv way of being on "talking terms with nature," developing an "insider’s" relationship with nature, offers the rich potential of allowing us as cohabiters on the Earth to recreate, rejuvenate and restore the balance among all living things. Nature First is the first English-language anthology to bring together the perspectives and experiences of North American, Norwegian, Swedish and other international outdoor writers, all friluftsliv thinkers and doers. Here, the thirty contributors’ use of history, sociology, psychology, philosophy and outdoor education writings blend to provide an understanding of how friluftsliv applies to everyday life. The book presents an alternative to much of the personal growth/adventure-based literature that tends to dominate our current approach to the outdoor activity. Folklore, heritage, adventure travel, crafts, place-based education and the daily outings of families all have a role to play in promoting an understanding of both the ordinary and the mystical importance of this Nordic tradition. Dedicated to parents, travel guides, educators and generally to participants in the outdoors, Nature First provides a compellingly fresh approach to life in the out-of-doors. 
Price: 26.99 USD
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Obsession: Tragedy In The North Atlantic, John Chipman.
3 John Chipman. Obsession: Tragedy In The North Atlantic
Toronto: Viking 2007 0670065013 / 9780670065011 1st Hardbound New New 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches 
It was a story that made headlines: In 2004, Canadian Thomas Evensen perished in the North Atlantic in the arms of his nephew after a failed attempt to sail to Norway. It was a tragic death and one that left many unanswered questions: Why wasn’t he wearing the survival suit that could have saved his life? And why would an inexperienced sailor undertake such a dangerous voyage? In this deeply compelling story, journalist John Chipman retraces Thomas’s voyage from its beginnings—his boyhood dream of learning to sail with his father and his midlife decision to fulfill that dream with his own son, culminating in the purchase of a sailboat ill-equipped for the journey. And then there is the voyage itself, a heart-stopping and ultimately doomed endeavour. Skilfully interweaving conversations with those whose lives were touched by Thomas, as well as his nephew’s first-hand account of the boat’s final days, John Chipman tells a story that is both harrowing and heartbreaking. A page-turning saga from beginning to end, The Obsession is an incisive and memorable portrait of a fatal voyage and of an ordinary man with an extraordinary, and extraordinarily misguided, dream. 
Price: 32.00 USD
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Black Woman Walking: A Different Experience of World Travel, Maureen Stone.
4 Maureen Stone. Black Woman Walking: A Different Experience of World Travel
Lancaster: BeaGay Publications 2002 0954117905 / 9780954117900 Paperback New New 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches 
Ask Maureen Stone when she started 'walking' and she will tell you with mild irritation, "Ever since I stopped crawling." But she is lying, she never crawled! She was a very sickly child who did not walk until she was almost three and then went on to walk the world. This is a book about travel that is not a travel book. It is a book about walking and hiking, but it is not about leisure. These activities provide the context within which the author examines and comments on issues in today's world. The approach is a provocative blend of the personal and the political, offering a different view of today's worldscape as seen through the eyes of a black woman sociologist, traveller and hiker. The result is a book which it will be difficult to put down. And which the reader will want to return to time and again. From Barbados to Bhutan, from Grenada to Guatemala, from Africa to Australia, China to Christchurch (Barbados and New Zealand) Maureen has been there, walking, observing, and listening. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the Old Man of Coniston she tells of encounters with men and women, and presents and discusses the issues and problems of today. In letters to her 'sisters around the world' and through conversations with her brothers, her travels and experiences are recounted. From the personal to the political she moves, sometimes with humour, always with painful honesty. She writes with a dash of Caribbean humour, a good helping of European sociology, and a flavouring of Eastern philosophy. This book is for Everywoman and Everyman who, if they look close enough, will find something of themselves within these pages. Black Woman Walking travels a road worth following. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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Is This Your First War?: Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, Michae.l Petrou
5 Michae.l Petrou Is This Your First War?: Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World
Toronto: Dundurn 2012 1459706463 / 9781459706460 Paper back New 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches 
A leading journalist travels through the hot spots of the Middle East and Central Asia, from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Syria and Egypt. Winner of the Ottawa Book Award for English Non-Fiction, 2013 Less than a year before 9/11, Michael Petrou trekked through al Qaeda’s backyard in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan. He was back in Central Asia within weeks of the attacks – this time as a reporter, slipping into Afghanistan as rockets and tracer bullets lit up the night sky, carrying notebooks, stolen blankets, and a satellite phone. In the decade that followed, Petrou has returned repeatedly to the greater Middle East, where political Islam, liberalism, ethnic and religious nationalism, and Western military intervention shape and batter the lives of those who live there. In the process, Petrou has established himself as one of Canada’s premier foreign correspondents. Petrou details a world in the midst of great turmoil and tells the stories of people who have long been held down by dictatorship and extremism and who are finally beginning to shake themselves free. 
Price: 24.99 USD
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