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First Tie Your Camel, Then Trust in God

An American Feminist in the Arab World

By Chivvis Moore
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Format: Softcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-63413-953-3
LCCN: 2016903910
Trim Size: 5.25" x 8"
Number of Pages: 422
Publisher: North Loop Books
Publication Date: 6/21/2016

An American Feminist in the Arab World

On a fateful evening in 1978, Chivvis Moore, living as a carpenter in California, stops by the house of an architect friend. “What if I wrote to Hassan Fathy?” Chivvis suggests, eager to meet the Egyptian author of the influential Architecture for the Poor. Less than three months later, Chivvis arrives in Cairo knowing virtually nothing about the culture and religion of the predominantly Muslim Middle East. 

What begins as a trip to meet Hassan Fathy becomes a 16-year odyssey that stretches from a year working in the shop of a master carpenter in Egypt to fraught years teaching English in Palestine.

Offering a portrait of a land and a people not found in newspaper headlines or on television screens, First Tie Your Camel, Then Trust in God humanizes the misunderstandings, misconceptions, and tragedies that arise when we fail to appreciate the humanity at the core of us all.


Chivvis Moore has earned her living as a journalist, carpenter, editor, and teacher. She is fluent in Arabic, having lived 16 years in Arab countries, returning to the US in 2008. She now works with Zawaya, a nonprofit organization that seeks to contribute to the multicultural discourse of the Bay Area with the Arab arts. She lives in Oakland, CA, with her partner.

Format: ePub
ISBN 13: 978-1-63413-955-7
Publisher: North Loop Books
Publication Date: 6/21/2016 is not responsible for delays in shipping due to delays in printing or receipt of inventory.


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