23 August 2007 0 Comments

Saudi detective coming from Houghton Mifflin

I’ve just read an advance copy of a terrific new mystery that’ll be out next year from Houghton Mifflin. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris opens a detailed window into the daily life of rich Saudis. That’s a culture often caricatured or vilified. I’m delighted that Ferraris has lifted the veil on this repressed, yet fascinating […]

20 July 2007 0 Comments

"Quick, woman, go and get the Koran!"

I have never been a religious man. Which is why I’ve always wondered why so many Palestinians want me to become Muslim. I’ve been asked, quite formally, to accept Islam on three occasions during the course of my reporting from the Middle East. Two of them I consider to have been somewhat pro forma queries […]

13 July 2007 0 Comments

Paying the Price for Violence in Bethlehem

In Bethlehem last week, I visited a place that gave me some of the bloody inspiration for my murder mystery The Collaborator of Bethlehem. Unfortunately, based on the way the town feels now and the things people tell me, I think that same place will have a dreadful part to play in the next Palestinian […]

9 July 2007 0 Comments

Hamas brings Sunni-Shia hatreds to West Bank

The backing Hamas gets from Iran is bringing the hatred between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the West Bank. In 2002, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal went to Tehran to put aside previous differences between the Sunni Palestinian group and the Lebanese Shia of Hizballah, Iran’s biggest success in the export of Islamic Revolution. Hizballah leader […]