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Tahir Shah Three Essays: Cannibalism, The Kumbh Mela, The Legacy of Arab Science

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Three Essays: Cannibalism, The Kumbh Mela, The Legacy of Arab Science Tahir Shah's collection of three essays considers aspects of human society and culture that help us to understand both the world around us and ourselves.An extraordinary thought-provoking essay, CANNIBALISM: ITS ONLY MEAT is certain to horrify a great many readers, and will leave all who reach the end with a sense of revelation at what is the last taboo.THE KUMBH MELA: GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH considers why so many people stake so much to get to the Kumbh Mela in India, and pledge devotion. He considers the logistical triumph of the vast makeshift tent city, speaks to sadhus, gurus, and to plenty of ordinary folk, and reflects on the role of the Kumbh Mela in the modern world.In his fascinating essay THE LEGACY OF ARAB SCIENCE, Shah discusses the often-forgotten contribution of the Arabs of the Abbasid Age, reflecting on how their breakthroughs helped shape the world in which we live.The three essays range in length from just under 5,000 words to over 6,700 each.

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru, Scorpion Soup: A story in a story, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams, Timbuctoo, Beyond The Devil's Teeth, House of the Tiger King: The Quest for a Lost City, In Search of King Solomon's Mines, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Travels With Myself, The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca
-, As a child, Tahir Shah first learned the secrets of illusion from an Indian magician. Two decades later, he sets out in search of this man. Sorcerer's Apprentice is the story of his apprenticeship to one of India's master conjurors and his initiation into the brotherhood of godmen. Learning to unmask illusion as well as practice it, he goes on a journey across the subcontinent, seeking out its miraculous and bizarre underbelly, traveling from Calcutta to Madras, from Bangalore to Bombay, meeting sadhus, sages, sorcerers, hypnotists, and humbugs. His quest is utterly unforgettable.
-- An extraordinary account of how illusion works and an astonishing portrait of a great illusionist., A magical journey through uncharted territories, 45 million years ago, Gondwanaland split apart to form India, Africa and South America. Roughing it for most of journey, Shah shared his travels and his tales with a diverting mix of eccentric characters., In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his familys move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore convergeand nothing is as easy as it seems.

Inspired by the Moroccan vacations of his childhood, Tahir Shah dreamed of making a home in that astonishing country. At age thirty-six he got his chance. Investing what money he and his wife, Rachana, had, Tahir packed up his growing family and bought Dar Khalifa, a crumbling ruin of a mansion by the sea in Casablanca that once belonged to the citys caliph, or spiritual leader.

With its lush grounds, cool, secluded courtyards, and relaxed pace, life at Dar Khalifa seems sure to fulfill Tahirs fantasyuntil he discovers that in many ways he is farther from home than he imagined. For in Morocco an empty house is thought to attract jinns, invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. The ardent belief in their presence greatly hampers sleep and renovation plans, but that is just the beginning. From elaborate exorcism rituals involving sacrificial goats to dealing with gangster neighbors intent on stealing their property, the Shahs must cope with a new culture and all that comes with it.

Endlessly enthralling, The Caliphs House charts a year in the life of one family who takes a tremendous gamble. As we follow Tahir on his travels throughout the kingdom, from Tangier to Marrakech to the Sahara, we discover a world of fierce contrasts that any true adventurer would be thrilled to call home.


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