The Caliph's House

The Caliph's House

eBook - 2006
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In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun , acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family's move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge-and nothing is as easy as it seems....

Inspired by the Moroccan vacations of his childhood, Tahir Shah dreamed of making a home in that astonishing country. At age thirty-six he got his chance. Investing what money he and his wife, Rachana, had, Tahir packed up his growing family and bought Dar Khalifa, a crumbling ruin of a mansion by the sea in Casablanca that once belonged to the city's caliph, or spiritual leader.

With its lush grounds, cool, secluded courtyards, and relaxed pace, life at Dar Khalifa seems sure to fulfill Tahir's fantasy-until he discovers that in many ways he is farther from home than he imagined. For in Morocco an empty house is thought to attract jinns, invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. The ardent belief in their presence greatly hampers sleep and renovation plans, but that is just the beginning. From elaborate exorcism rituals involving sacrificial goats to dealing with gangster neighbors intent on stealing their property, the Shahs must cope with a new culture and all that comes with it.

Endlessly enthralling, The Caliph's House charts a year in the life of one family who takes a tremendous gamble. As we follow Tahir on his travels throughout the kingdom, from Tangier to Marrakech to the Sahara, we discover a world of fierce contrasts that any true adventurer would be thrilled to call home.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780553902310
0553902318
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource (349 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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DeniseEA
Jun 27, 2014

I really enjoyed this book, it rings of human acceptance, has great characters and is written well enough to create a visual for me again and again. Better than a movie...come to think of it, I'd love to see a movie made of it! If this book has your interest I would suggest you go for it, I think you'll like it.

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mhart2012
Aug 09, 2012

Very good read. Really gives a very descriptive, real-life insight to the culture of Morroco. Would definitely recommend if interested in the travelogue genre.

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