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      regions and cultures, and he met peoples,         its wonders, but ended his account by de-
      some with fabulous wealth and resources.          claring that everything that he saw was not
      But when he returned to Baghdad, he did           worth the wing of a fly in the eyes of God.
      not urge the caliph to invade and dominate
                                                            Journeys to the Other Shore is well writ-
      those rich and seemingly conquerable peo-
                                                        ten and vastly researched. The endnotes are
      ples. (If the Sindbad cycle belongs to the
                                                        extensive and the sources are wide-rang-
      fifteenth/sixteenth centuries, then it coin-
                                                        ing. The only wish I had was to see non-
      cides with the journeys of Columbus – who
                                                        Arab writers-cum-travelers included in the
      returned to conquer and subjugate). The
                                                        study: they will most certainly have further
      Sindbad syndrome dominated the writings
                                                        supported the insights of this marvelous
      of Muslim travelers until the nineteenth
                                                        book.
      century: the Moroccan traveler al-Saffar
      visited Paris in 1845-46 and was dazzled by             Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota



      Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader

      By Kasra Naji
      California, University of California Press, 2008, 298 pp., ISBN: 978-0-520-25663-7.

           No other President of Iran has had           a product of these changes and an agent of
      comparable air time on international me-          them. A biography of him is necessary and
      dia outlets than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.             timely, so I turned to Ahmadinejad: The
      It was reported that the ticket to his speech     Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader with
      at Columbia University in September 2007          great interest.
      sold out almost as fast as those granting ac-
                                                            Kasra Naji knows his subject matter
      cess to the concert of Bruce Springsteen,
                                                        well. He worked as a journalist in Tehran
      one of the idols of the popular music cul-
                                                        during the ascendan
								
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