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State of Emergency


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Cairo, December 2006 Paradise in a State of Emergency Kashmir, October 2007 Houseboat 1 In the City Houseboat 2 Politicians 1-4 Night Houseboat 3 The Shrine Houseboat 4 In the Countryside Houseboat 5 The Mother Houseboat 6 Ahad Baba In Kashmir, Far Away from Kashmir Landless Between Agra and Delhi, September 2007 Lumpenproletariat in Formation Why Complain? They Want Land Expulsion as Industrial Development Policy The Sky and the Ground Ram Paydiri Doesn't Understand The Laboratory Gujarat, October 2007 An Idol On the Rubbish Tip Into the Centre Social Praxis India's Future Where Even the Atheists Pray The Pit A Visit to the Sufis Pakistan, February 2012 Rhythm of God War Against Themselves The Lovers' Tomb O Papa, Protect Me In the Mansion District The Poor People's Peace Quiet, Cleanliness and Order The Feast The Cosmic Order Bleak Normality Afghanistan I, December 2006 People Don't Change Much Really Crazy Two British Commanders Humanitarian Mission In Kabul Where Is the Progress? Master Tamim The New Motorway American Headquarters Visit to the Passport Office Cola in the Dark The Limits of Reporting Afghanistan II, September 11, 2011 Cemetery 1 Walls in Front of Walls Northward Mazar-e Sharif The Best Place in Town In the Countryside In the Panjshir Valley In the South Peace Conference Tribal Leaders 1 Kandahar Tribal Leaders 2 The Limits of Reporting Cemetery 2 The Uprising Tehran, June 2009 Chance Companions Arrival Wednesday Thursday Friday Back to Saturday Sunday Early Monday When You See the Black Flags Iraq, September 2014 I. Najaf: In the Heart of the Shia Ubiquity of Death A Dangerous Topic A Different Shia With Swordlike Index Finger Grand Ayatollah Sistani's Message II. Baghdad: The Future Is Past A Thirty Years' War and More A Hookah with Goethe and Hoelderlin Fog of Melancholy Right Out of Ali Baba The Last Christian A Warrior III. Kurdistan: The War for Our World Too Literally Overnight What For? To the Front The General The Entrance to Hell Syria, September 2012 The Centre and the Margins Artists of the Revolution Two Views Outsourcing Terror The Feast of St Elian At the Tomb of Ibn Arabi Thinking without Gradations The Intensive Care Unit Those Who Can Read, Let Them Read We Too Love Life Palestine, April 2005 In Search of Palestine Without Hope The Wall Against Empathy My Capitulation They Are Human Beings Life as What It Is Lampedusa, September 2008 Sunday Outing Ghosts Midnight The Previous Mayor The Camp The New Mayor Night Again With or Without Approval Cairo, October 2012 Editorial Note

About the Author

Navid Kermani is a writer and scholar who lives in Cologne, Germany. He has received numerous accolades for his literary and academic work, including the 2015 Peace Prize of the German Publishers' Association, Germany's most prestigious cultural award.


"Those who want to see the day-to-day lives of human beings in the crisis regions of the Middle East - lives that don't make the news - should read Navid Kermani's sensitive reporting. Reports you won't soon forget." Deutschland-Radio "Kermani's well-researched and sensitive book reveals how violence is born. It also reminds us that far away victims and perpetrators have one thing in common: they're human beings, just like us." Suddeutsche Zeitung "Intense, colourful, emotional, subjective." Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung "Among the most thoughtful intellectual voices in Germany today." The New York Review of Books "After reading this book, one puts it down glad to have been both touched and taught" Neue Zurcher Zeitung am Sonntag "Kermani's style is nuanced and kindly, poetic and philosophical, he zooms in and out of perspectives like a novelist and is drawn to irresolvable tensions like a conceptual artist... State of Emergency is a humane and timely reminder that there is no one Islam, no one set of Islamic views, values and beliefs, just as there is no one Western creed." Geographical

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