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Twelve-year-old Emile is moving to the Yemen Arab Republic with his mom and dad. Emile decides to keep a journal of his travels. He first takes his readers to the exotic sunbaked Tihama city of Hodeidah, which lies sandwiched between the Red Sea coast and the mountainous region, and around the magical wonderland of elaborated medieval buildings and stained glass windows of Sana a. His travel pieces penetrate deep into the ancient souks, or marketplaces, and into the Tihama villages where he meets women in tall conical straw hats. Emile is both old enough to keep an enthralling and entertaining testimony to his travels and young enough to witness the two-dimensional male and female realms of the authentic, fascinating heart of traditional Islamic hospitality. Through Emile s words, Yemeni Islamic culture is revealed.
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