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Arabian Knights - Volume 2 (Knights of Arabia) [Kindle Edition]

Aisha Bilal
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Overview:
Whether you’re interested in anthropology, theology or just plain old fashioned adventure, you're sure to find a story you like in this fun second installment of the narrative history series "Knights of Arabia".

This books contains the following:

Story #1: Zaid bin Amr resurrects an extinct Monotheistic religion and practices it despite the ridicule and harassment of his peers.

Story #2: Abd Al-Muttalib re-discovers the fabled lost Well of Zamzam when he follows cryptic instructions he received in a dream.

Story #3: Abdullah bin Jada'an is exiled by his people only to stumble across the tombs of the tribe of Jurhum and their hidden treasures.

Story #4: Without starting a blood feud, Abu Talib must deal with a cowardly man who murdered one of his kinsman.

Story #5: The Viceroy of Yemen marches north to destroy the Ka'aba and is angered by Abd Al-Muttalib's philosophical reaction.

Story #6: Duraid reluctantly comes to admire a youthful warrior who defends the person of an unknown woman against Duraid's raiders.

Story #7: King Al-Numan is entrusted with the heir of the Persian throne so he hires a famous architect to build him an impenetrable castle.

Story #8: Shunn goes looking for his perfect woman, one who is his equal in both intellect and understanding.

Story #9: Abi Heya is a timid poet who must face down a late night intruder with a dull sword he never imagined he would have to use.

Story #10: Saeed bin Al-Aas tries to convince his sons to set aside their jealousy and accept their younger brother's leadership.

Included in this ebook is a map illustrating the locations of the cities and areas mentioned in the stories.

Also by Aisha Bilal:
1. Arabian Knights - Volume 1
2. Muslim Knights - Volume 1
3. Muslim Knights - Volume 2
4. Islamic and Arabian Quotes and Proverbs - Volume 1 [Illustrated]

Books In This Series (5 Books)
Complete Series

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 607 KB
    • Print Length: 56 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Aisha Bilal; 1st edition (25 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00C3OGXUM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Aisha Bilal is a confirmed bookworm who grew up reading all the Arabic and English books she could find. As she read about King Arthur and his Knights, she realized that most of the people who enjoyed reading those stories would probably never read about the real-life Arabian Knights. So began her pet project: to share the stories of the many Knights of Arabia with a whole new audience.

    Although there will be no flying carpets, there will be lots of great stories in the Knights of Arabia books. So come explore a wonderful ancient culture rich in adventure and romance.

    Currently, Aisha Bilal lives in Mecca, Saudi Arabia where she spends her free time reading, writing and trying to sketch her cat. She plans to write and illustrate a children's book about a cat and hopes to have it ready for publishing by Summer 2013.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars More tales from Arabia... 14 Aug. 2013
    By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is volume two of the Arabian Knights fables by Aisha Bilal. I've read and reviewed Arabian Knights - Volume 1 (Knights of Arabia). What I said at the beginning of my review for Volume 1 merits repeating:

    In addition to creation myths, societies have evolved fables that embody certain moral lessons, and these are passed on from generation to generation. In the West, there are Aesop's fables, the stories of Hans Christian Anderson, as well as the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer. Each has developed its own "momentum," and both declare and help shape key values of that society. Some of the fables have universal applications; others seem to be unique to that society. Having lived in Saudi Arabia for a number of years I have heard a few of their fables. I particularly delighted in ones that seemed unique to the Kingdom, but also have universal applications.

    In several of the fables, there is a protagonist who "goes against the grain" of society, with a single-minded, ennobling virtue. For example, in the first story, Zaid bin Amr, becomes the only follower of the religion of Ibrahim, and is dedicated to stopping female infanticide. In the last story Saeed bin Al -Aas has numerous children, and knows that one of the younger ones, Amr, is the most worthy to lead the family. How does he manage to convince Amr's older brothers of this? Perseverance is also demonstrated by Abd al Muttalib, when he follows his (literal) dream, and finds the ancient well of Zam Zam. And Abdullah gets a "second chance," performs admirably, and is honored by the people of Makkah.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More tales from Arabia... 14 Aug. 2013
    By John P. Jones III - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is volume two of the Arabian Knights fables by Aisha Bilal. I've read and reviewed Arabian Knights - Volume 1 (Knights of Arabia). What I said at the beginning of my review for Volume 1 merits repeating:

    In addition to creation myths, societies have evolved fables that embody certain moral lessons, and these are passed on from generation to generation. In the West, there are Aesop's fables, the stories of Hans Christian Anderson, as well as the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer. Each has developed its own "momentum," and both declare and help shape key values of that society. Some of the fables have universal applications; others seem to be unique to that society. Having lived in Saudi Arabia for a number of years I have heard a few of their fables. I particularly delighted in ones that seemed unique to the Kingdom, but also have universal applications.

    In several of the fables, there is a protagonist who "goes against the grain" of society, with a single-minded, ennobling virtue. For example, in the first story, Zaid bin Amr, becomes the only follower of the religion of Ibrahim, and is dedicated to stopping female infanticide. In the last story Saeed bin Al -Aas has numerous children, and knows that one of the younger ones, Amr, is the most worthy to lead the family. How does he manage to convince Amr's older brothers of this? Perseverance is also demonstrated by Abd al Muttalib, when he follows his (literal) dream, and finds the ancient well of Zam Zam. And Abdullah gets a "second chance," performs admirably, and is honored by the people of Makkah.

    Other stories are dedicated to providing the background to certain Arab proverbs, like: "My wages are like Sinmar's" and "Shunn matches Tabaqa," which is an expression for the perfect couple. In the story, "Duraid, Rabea'a and Raita - Raids and Honor," there is a familiar theme that transcends most cultures: one good deed is remembered, and is repaid in the hour of need. In "Abd al Muttalib - Lords, Birds and Elephants" the historical events when the Christian king of Yemen tried to conquer Makkah are related. "Abu Talib - Murder and False Oaths" relates the processes whereby justice is done in criminal cases. There are monetary considerations, and I felt the author got the percentage of people who would commit false testimony just about right.

    Overall, Ms. Bilal has produced another worthy volume of folk tales that can be read just for the pleasure, or for ethnological study reasons. In terms of a foreigner having an "orientation manual" to the country, these would be a worthy read. 5-stars.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars lessons to learn 30 Nov. 2013
    By Sharif - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I enjoyed this volume just as much as the first one. The author doesn't disappoint with short tales featuring people from the past, their problems, and their solutions. There are lessons to learn from these stories.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bold Knights of Old, Arabian Style! 4 Nov. 2013
    By SusanRits - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I really love these books. I read the first volume and enjoyed each story very much. This is the second set of fables about the great knights of Arabia. Filled with daring adventures, brave heroes, terrifying villains and lots of tricksters, you'll enjoy reading these to yourself or to your kids.

    Arabian Knights are short stories about the legendary heroes of ancient Arabia. They're fun and engaging. Aisha write with clear prose, lovely detail, and a sense of humor. If you'd like to learn more about this wonderful culture, or simply enjoy a great yarn with a moral, you'll enjoy Arabian Knights.

    I highly recommend both volumes. Read it to your kids!
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