Forty Days and Forty Nights... in Yemen: A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light
Forty Days and Forty Nights... in Yemen: A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light
Forty Days and Forty Nights... in Yemen: A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light

Forty Days and Forty Nights... in Yemen: A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light

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Ethar El-Katatney's "Forty Days & Forty Nights in Yemen" is an intimate and transforming memoir of the author's journey through Yemen, a country of ancient landscapes, rich customs, and complex storylines. This captivating tale portrays not just the physical vistas of Yemen, but also the author's emotional and spiritual journey during her forty-day journey. Ethar El-Katatney's elegant writing allows readers to join her on a virtual voyage across Yemen's many layers of culture and history, as well as the deep impact of the journey on the author's perceptions.

Yemen Unveiled:

At the center of the book is an exploration of Yemen, a country steeped in mystery and misinformation. Ethar El-Katatney provides readers with a rare look into Yemen's soul, unraveling the country's intricate tapestry of history, architecture, and various people. The story evolves as a vivid examination of the country's beauties and challenges, allowing readers to learn about Yemen outside of the headlines.

A Personal Pilgrimage:

"Forty Days & Forty Nights in Yemen" describes a journey that goes beyond the physical landscapes. Ethar El-Katatney sets out on a personal pilgrimage, negotiating cultural nuances, making connections with people, and reflecting on her own identity as an outsider immersed in Yemeni life. The book serves as a lens through which readers may see the author's changing perspectives and the transformational power of cultural immersion.

Cultural Resonance:

The author portrays Yemen's cultural resonance through beautiful words. Readers are transported to the heart of the country, immersed in the cultures, traditions, and daily rhythms that define Yemeni life, from crowded markets to tranquil vistas. The story acts as a link between readers and the vitality and authenticity of Yemeni culture.


ISBN: 9781842001196
AUTHOR: Ethar El-Katatney
BINDING: Paperback
PAGES: 168 pages
DIMENSIONS: 5.8 x 8.3 inches
PUBLISHER: Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd


Ethar El-Katatney is an award-winning journalist, a blogger, and an author. She is currently a staff writer at Egypt Today, the leading current affairs magazine in the Middle East, and at its sister magazine, Business Today Egypt. She is also a contributor to Muslimah Media Watch, a website that critiques how Muslim women are represented in the media and popular culture.

In 2008, her investigative piece Dangerous Blood on Hepatitis C in Egypt won second place in a program held by the International Center for Journalists. In 2009, her story The Business of Islam won the Economics and Business award in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year award–making her the first Egyptian to win one of the prestigious awards. In addition, her story Identity Crisis 101 was the winner of the press category in the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award.

El-Katatney travels all over the world for conferences promoting dialogue between different religions and cultures and has attended Islamic summer intensive programs in England, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. While in Yemen, she wrote Forty days and Forty nights in Yemen. She has also written a book about Islam in China, publication date still unset.

Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Egypt, and educated in Western schools, El-Katatney has an undergraduate business degree from the American University in Cairo where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She is currently pursuing two graduate degrees from the same university, an MBA and an MA in in television and digital journalism.

El-Katatney is 22 years old.

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