The Haj Author:Leon Uris The village of Tabah had a timeless, Biblical quality. It stood on a knoll in the valley where Joshua 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 that 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. He was the Haj, a leader to be feared and respected, a man at once compassionate and merciless, loving and cruel, visionary and blind.
Forced to leave Tabah in the vortex of 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.
He is surrounded by vivid characters:
-His brilliant young son Ishmael, violently and valiantly trying to lift himself through a culture bent on holding him down;
-his daughter Nada, a girl who grows to beautiful womanhood, haunting us long after the pages are read;
-and the one the Haj loves and trusts Gideon Asch, who is, unfortunately a Jew and the enemy.« less