The Haj Author:Leon Uris The village of Tabah had a timeless, Biblical quality. It stood on a knoll in the valley where Joshua had beseeched the Lord to make the sun stand still. Little changed from one Arab generation to another. And then came the Jews, reclaiming a nearby swamp and proving they could defend themselves in a hostile atmosphere. After that, everythin... more »g changed forever.
Tabah was ruled by Haj Ibrahim, a man who had mastered the complex ways of his people. Forced to leave Tabah in the struggle for Palestine, his family embarks on an odyssey filled with scenes that sear the mind. The Haj ultimately hides among the caves of Qumran, an area once known to King David and Jesus.
They finally emerge to settle in a refugee camp near Jericho. This hellhole becomes a breeding ground for anguish and terrorism. Here the Haj makes a gallant and lonely fight to reverse the tragedy of his people.
"The Haj" is an extraordinary narrative, critical and compassionate. It opens windows to the world of Islam and the Arabs, the British and the Israelis, and all who contend for the Middle East. Leon Uris is a master storyteller who believes that we must understand each other if we to share this planet.« less