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De boodschapper en de Koran – Een vertelling / Een vertaling

Posted by Marion de Groot on August 23, 2008
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In Dutch. A translation of the Koran into Dutch, and a biography of the prophet Mohammed. Both books are very readable and give an insight in the Muslim culture and life.

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Een goede man slaat soms zijn vrouw

Posted by Marion de Groot on August 23, 2008
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In Dutch. For his studies Arabic and Anthropology, Luyendijk has spent a year at the university of Cairo. During this year, he tries to find out more about the Egyptian culture through his local friends. He discovers that not everyone sees the West as the ideal world.

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Het zijn net mensen – Beelden uit het Midden-Oosten

Posted by Marion de Groot on August 23, 2008
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In Dutch. Joris Luyendijk has been a correspondent in the Middle East for Dutch newspapers and the national news. This book is about the cultural and political differences he encountered when reporting the news from the Middle East, and about how difficult it is to tell an objective story from a world unknown to the audience.

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Teach Yourself World Cultures: China

Posted by Marion de Groot on August 23, 2008
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An interesting and easy to read pocket that gives you a crash course on Chinese culture. Interesting both when you're going to China and when you've been there for a while. It explains a lot of what you encounter in Chinese daily life.

The Geography Of Thought – How Asians and Westerners Think Differently …and Why

Posted by Marion de Groot on August 23, 2008
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When psychologist Richard E. Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese observers instead commented on the background environment — and the different seeings are a clue to profound cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians. As Nisbett shows in The Geography of Thought, people think about — and even see — the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China. The Geography of Thought documents Professor Nisbett's groundbreaking research in cultural psychology, addressing questions such as: Why did the ancient Chinese excel at algebra and arithmetic, but not geometry, the brilliant achievement of such Greeks as Euclid? Why do East Asians find it so difficult to disentangle an object from its surroundings? Why do Western infants learn nouns more rapidly than verbs, when it is the other way around in East Asia? At a moment in history when the need for cross-cultural understanding and collaboration have never been more important, The Geography of Thought offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that might be able to span it.

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