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By Richard Engel

Whilst struggle broke out in Iraq, each significant U.S. community pulled its correspondents from the scene. regardless of the danger, Richard Engel stayed. As our tanks entered Baghdad in April 2003, he used to be there, bringing the Iraqi warfare into American houses as a stringer for ABC information. made up our minds to bring the full center East tale, Engel moved to Cairo in 1996 after graduating from Stanford to benefit 'street' Arabic. Then to dig even deeper into the advanced powder-keg of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, he settled in Jerusalem.

Now as Iraq enters its post-war part and the Gulf quarter maintains to dominate our nation's recognition, increasingly more american citizens will come to grasp and belief Richard Engel--especially in his present position as a correspondent for NBC Nightly information with Tom Brokaw. either analytical and anecdotal, this e-book leads us throughout the struggle in Iraq, dissecting a myriad of heart East matters, all from the vantage aspect of somebody who's 'on the floor and within the streets' to get the true tale.

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The believer is to pray in a prescribed manner after purification through ritual ablutions each day at dawn, midday, midafternoon, sunset, and nightfall. Prescribed genuflections and prostrations accompany the prayers, which the worshiper recites while facing toward Mecca. Whenever possible, men pray in congregation at the mosque with an imam (see Glossary), and on Fridays they are required to do so. The Friday noon prayers provide the occasion for weekly sermons by religious leaders. Women may also attend public worship at the mosque, where they are segregated from the men, although most frequently women pray at home.

Accordingly, after 750 the gulf prospered because Baghdad became the seat of the caliph and the main center of Islamic civilization. Islam brought great prosperity to Iraq during this period, thus increasing the demand for foreign goods. As a result, gulf merchants roamed farther and farther afield. By the year 1000, they were traveling regularly to China and beyond, and their trading efforts were instrumental in spreading Islam, first to India and then to Indonesia and Malaysia. The Islam they spread, however, was often sectarian.

Whenever possible, men pray in congregation at the mosque with an imam (see Glossary), and on Fridays they are required to do so. The Friday noon prayers provide the occasion for weekly sermons by religious leaders. Women may also attend public worship at the mosque, where they are segregated from the men, although most frequently women pray at home. A special functionary, the muezzin, intones a call to prayer to the entire community at the appropriate hour. The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is Ramadan, a period of obligatory fasting in commemoration of Muhammad's receipt of God's revelation.

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