Letters to Dalia by Hani Soubra
Reflections on Lebanon and the Middle East

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From the Introduction:
Letters to Dali is the book I’ve always dreamed of writing. It is a collection of letters meant to be easily read. Each letter covers a topic I believe has had an impact on our lives as Arabs living in the Middle East. And as Lebanese who have suffered, but did not learn, from the terrible consequences of civil war.

The letters’ main purpose is to send a simple message: no one idea or person holds the ultimate truth. Truth, as portrayed by politicians and the clergy, as a path to follow, to die or kill for, is not truth. It is a means to an end—their means and their end. On their path the individual becomes a helpless tool. It is this individual for whom Letters to Dalia is written. This individual can be anyone.

About Hani Soubra

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Hani is Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1967. He lives in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He studied in the American University of Beirut, majoring in Economics. He continued his studies in later stages to get his MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His first book Letters to Dalia: Reflections on Lebanon and the Middle East is the result of two and half years of work. The messages in the book are numerous: tolerance, co existence, no blind following, the dangers of the abuse of religion and ideology, think, research, live, enjoy life, be artistic, and most of all find harmony with the self, soul, heart and mind. Aligning the four elements might hold the key to happiness. The second book is a Novel entitled Conversation with Abed. Most part of this Novel was written in the beautiful area of Maria Wörth, a town in Austria. In this novel, Hani creates two characters: Sam and Abed. They are soul mates. They also like debating different topics. These topics, in addition to other characters as well, become the portraits of different aspects of life and people living in Arabia. Hani considers that knowing and learning are an endless journey. Both books are inspired by his daughters - Dala and Lea. Hani hopes he can complete the journey to know more and learn more. As a renowned public speaker, Hani gives lectures worldwide in universities on media, culture, politics and current affairs.
Published April 30, 2010 by Easton Studio Press. 226 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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