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AdvantagesAn alternative look at Iranian and Afghan culture

DisadvantagesA little too academic at times

"Iran and Afghanistan: countries that dominate the international headlines. It's hardly surprising that we should think we know them well even if we've never been there. In "Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard", Nicholas Jubber attempts to reveal the Afghanistan and Iran that's hidden from view, what he refers to in the book's subtitle as the 'Inside-Out Worlds'. Part travelogue, part cultural history, the book is a fascinating look at what ..." Read review
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Subgenre Travel Writing
Continent Asia
Edition Paperback
Author Nicholas Jubber
ISBN 0306818841

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