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This delightful book relates folktales from various regions of Syria. Each folktale is located on a regional map and is accompanied by a local, related recipe.


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This delightful book relates folktales from various regions of Syria. Each folktale is located on a regional map and is accompanied by a local, related recipe.

30 review for Syrian Folktales

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bluelight

    Muna Imady's book has captured both my heart & mind. While reading it, I traveled into the realms of the real and the fantastic, the known and the unknown where everything is possible. One of the stories mentioned in the book "The Three Spinners" was told to me by my great aunt who just recently passed away,but her memory will always be present because of this book. I thank the author for letting me remember & live with the memories of my childhood.This book will fill your heart with happiness a Muna Imady's book has captured both my heart & mind. While reading it, I traveled into the realms of the real and the fantastic, the known and the unknown where everything is possible. One of the stories mentioned in the book "The Three Spinners" was told to me by my great aunt who just recently passed away,but her memory will always be present because of this book. I thank the author for letting me remember & live with the memories of my childhood.This book will fill your heart with happiness and joy because it has the touch, the taste and the smell of "Syria" a wonderful country that everyone should discover.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dima Lababidi

    Many thanks to the great author for writing this magnificent book, if I tell you how grateful I am each day for the rest of my life, I'm sure it won't be enough. This book made me cry, laugh, and nostalgia accompanied every single song and tale. while reading it I had the chance to meet my great grandmother, to go back to the days when I was an infant enjoying the magical yet real life of the charming Syria. The great thing about the book is its ability to take you in a quick journey and exper Many thanks to the great author for writing this magnificent book, if I tell you how grateful I am each day for the rest of my life, I'm sure it won't be enough. This book made me cry, laugh, and nostalgia accompanied every single song and tale. while reading it I had the chance to meet my great grandmother, to go back to the days when I was an infant enjoying the magical yet real life of the charming Syria. The great thing about the book is its ability to take you in a quick journey and experience the various charms of Syria in a very short time. I'm so happy to have this magical ticket to Syria, because all I have to do is open the book and I'll simply be there :) thank you so much!!! And always waiting for more magic :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Braet

    I loved this book!!! It was very nice to learn those stories and see the recipies, ready to be tried at home. I read the book in one breath and there is only one negative thing about it... it is way too short!! I could read another 100 pages with ease so I'm hoping there will be a second part. It touched my heart to read the words and feel the love Muna Imady has for Syria. Made me miss it even more. I felt honored because she wrote the book in her lovely words and to share them with the world! I loved this book!!! It was very nice to learn those stories and see the recipies, ready to be tried at home. I read the book in one breath and there is only one negative thing about it... it is way too short!! I could read another 100 pages with ease so I'm hoping there will be a second part. It touched my heart to read the words and feel the love Muna Imady has for Syria. Made me miss it even more. I felt honored because she wrote the book in her lovely words and to share them with the world! Thank you Muna Imady!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Essma

    Recently more and more people have heard about Syria, because of the tragic events going on currently. But how many of the people who have heard of Syria lately truly know what Syria is all about? My guess, not many. And this is why I would recommend this book to everyone no matter what their reading preferences are and the fact that it is beautifully written and intelligently compiled is a bonus that makes this a true gem of a book. It has to be the best book I have read this year, it is in a wa Recently more and more people have heard about Syria, because of the tragic events going on currently. But how many of the people who have heard of Syria lately truly know what Syria is all about? My guess, not many. And this is why I would recommend this book to everyone no matter what their reading preferences are and the fact that it is beautifully written and intelligently compiled is a bonus that makes this a true gem of a book. It has to be the best book I have read this year, it is in a way a book that weaves together all my favorite genres into one beautiful tapestry. it is a historical account unlike anything out there, it is a political account as it helps gain more insight into the heritage of Syria, it is a cook book with recipes unlike any cook book I have ever seen, it made me laugh and smile and brightened my day, It entertained me with folktales that were both entertaining and wise. I Truly hope the writer will release more books soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Interested in Syria? interested in folktales?..Definitely go for this book ! With all that's going on in Syria, reading this book as I'm staying away from home steals my heart to flow with the stories.. It's an amazing combination of folktales and recipes that enchant you into the magical world of a colorful Syria.. I've enjoyed reading each story that carries us through the past for all these details that we don't recognize now a days in our life and are great part of our history, for which I a Interested in Syria? interested in folktales?..Definitely go for this book ! With all that's going on in Syria, reading this book as I'm staying away from home steals my heart to flow with the stories.. It's an amazing combination of folktales and recipes that enchant you into the magical world of a colorful Syria.. I've enjoyed reading each story that carries us through the past for all these details that we don't recognize now a days in our life and are great part of our history, for which I appreciate the great effort made to record all these traditional heritage through all the Syrian region. One of the very best books I've had this year. a great add to my little library :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    For more than a year, Syria has been in the news due to the horrific civil war that has torn it apart and inflicted misery and suffering upon its civilian population. In Syrian Folktales, the reader is introduced to a different perspective. Muna Imady grew up in Syria. She presents the tales of her oral heritage beginning with the words “once upon a time…” ( Kan ya ma kan), that were passed down to her by her grandmother. (Tete) The author provides the reader with a glossary of Syrian terms for For more than a year, Syria has been in the news due to the horrific civil war that has torn it apart and inflicted misery and suffering upon its civilian population. In Syrian Folktales, the reader is introduced to a different perspective. Muna Imady grew up in Syria. She presents the tales of her oral heritage beginning with the words “once upon a time…” ( Kan ya ma kan), that were passed down to her by her grandmother. (Tete) The author provides the reader with a glossary of Syrian terms for reference. In the overview, Imady informs us that Syria is a country with a population of eighteen million spread out into fourteen distinct administrative units called Muhafazat. The Syrian Arab Republic lies at the crossroads of trade routes linking Africa, Asia and Europe. Turkey lies to its north, Iraq to its east, Jordan and Palestine to the south, and Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the east. The author divides the book by these fourteen areas. Not only does she present a folktale or two for each of them, she entices us with recipes, riddles, street peddler songs, and a Hadith. What is a Hadith? It is a saying from the Holy Prophet of Muslim. Here is one of the riddles: I come from water and I die in water. What am I? I will retell a folktale from Dara’a, a province that contains many archaeological sites which date back to Roman times aptly titled, The Sky is Raining Meat. The tale tells of a farmer and his wife who live an ordinary but comfortable existence. There is one big problem. The wife talks too much. One day the farmer finds a jug full of gold coins. He is afraid that the landlord will discover his good fortune so he buries the jug. Then he secretly kills and cooks a sheep. Next he ascends to the roof of his dwelling and throws chunks of meat from the roof. His wife observes his strange behavior but happily runs to gather up the meat. Later, the farmer takes his wife to the place where he buried the coins and tells her of their good fortune. Sure enough, the wife begins to spread the good news. The landlord arrives to demand the gold. When the wife informs him, they found the gold the same day that the sky was raining meat, the landlord decides she must be crazy! After that day no one believed anything the wife said. The farmer and his wife lived happily ever after. Many of the tales from Syria bear similarities in characters and themes to those of Western culture. There are tales of the raven and the fox, a wicked stepmother, the sly fox, a woodcutter, dragons, witches, and three pigs. While reading though them, I was reminded of The Frog and the Prince, Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. Imady has done an admirable job in presenting the traditions of this region which date back to the fourth millennium B.C. Parents and teachers who want to explore what Syria is really about should take a look. Appropriate for children age ten and above.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rama Kastantine.

    Syrian Folktales feels more like a warm journey across Syria ,than just a book. After reading few pages about a region, you feel as if you went really there & been received in a lovely family house, not in a hotel ;) You imagine each city and its good people living in it, you see close in it and at the same time the image drawn isn't definielty complete, leaving you curious to learn more and more, asking yourself and the author: What next?! Enjoyed the language, simple and beautiful! We all know Syr Syrian Folktales feels more like a warm journey across Syria ,than just a book. After reading few pages about a region, you feel as if you went really there & been received in a lovely family house, not in a hotel ;) You imagine each city and its good people living in it, you see close in it and at the same time the image drawn isn't definielty complete, leaving you curious to learn more and more, asking yourself and the author: What next?! Enjoyed the language, simple and beautiful! We all know Syria is having a difficul time ,, and as it's well-said at the very beginning of the book, "dark times are the best times to tell stories!" Being a young syrian and not having heard about some or even most of the folktales mentioned, I believe this oral tradition should be gathered and written down, so that we don't wake up one day search for it hopelessly and find it all gone with the wind! Well-done Miss Imady :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    "Syrian Folktales", includes traditional folktales from the fourteen provinces of Syria. The book displays the beauty of the traditional Syrian life and shows how similar and how different we humans are in our traditions. The folktales are followed by traditional recipes from their provinces, one of the dishes made my day: A Recipe from Hasakeh: Roast Camel - Kill a camel and remove its skin and its internal organs. - Wrap the camel in its skin. - Dig a big hole in the desert and set a large fire and "Syrian Folktales", includes traditional folktales from the fourteen provinces of Syria. The book displays the beauty of the traditional Syrian life and shows how similar and how different we humans are in our traditions. The folktales are followed by traditional recipes from their provinces, one of the dishes made my day: A Recipe from Hasakeh: Roast Camel - Kill a camel and remove its skin and its internal organs. - Wrap the camel in its skin. - Dig a big hole in the desert and set a large fire and let it burn for a while. - Put out the fire and lay the camel on the hot embers and smoldering charcoal. - Cover the camel with hot desert sand for 2- 3 hours to allow it to roast. - Uncover the sand and remove the skin and put the roasted camel on a large tray. - Serve with rice. - Best eaten by hand.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sumayia

    'Syrian Folktales' is a book that narrates many nice folktales with an easy language and short length which both persuade the reader to read a second, third and forth tale before being able to put the book down at your first hold of it. The usage of some words in their actual language forces the reader to remember that these tales are of an Arabic origin. The description of each area before each tale is not long and boring but short and sufficient. The hadeeth at the end of each tale gives a roy 'Syrian Folktales' is a book that narrates many nice folktales with an easy language and short length which both persuade the reader to read a second, third and forth tale before being able to put the book down at your first hold of it. The usage of some words in their actual language forces the reader to remember that these tales are of an Arabic origin. The description of each area before each tale is not long and boring but short and sufficient. The hadeeth at the end of each tale gives a royal touch to the book. In addition to the recipes that make you benefit from the book at so many levels. While the name of the author at the top of each left page gives you the name of a person who dearly loves her country. .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    Just finished this great book! I'm amazed that I've been born and raised in Damascus but never heard any of these fun stories before! Unlike the stories I heard as a kid these had a whole new taste … a taste of home. I enjoyed reading them immensely and really wish there were more and more!! For one who is distanced from her country and feeling sooo homesick it was the perfect remedy. As I finished reading the last page I promised myself to learn these stories by heart and tell them to my baby g Just finished this great book! I'm amazed that I've been born and raised in Damascus but never heard any of these fun stories before! Unlike the stories I heard as a kid these had a whole new taste … a taste of home. I enjoyed reading them immensely and really wish there were more and more!! For one who is distanced from her country and feeling sooo homesick it was the perfect remedy. As I finished reading the last page I promised myself to learn these stories by heart and tell them to my baby girl when she grows up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I love this book! Muna Imady has compiled a wonderfully unique collection of regional folktales and recipes from Syria. Included with each tale and recipe is a quote of Islamic wisdom and a riddle. The stories are entertaining and fun and the recipes authentic to each region. Muna has made an important contribution by keeping the storytelling tradition alive for today's Syrian families. I love this book! Muna Imady has compiled a wonderfully unique collection of regional folktales and recipes from Syria. Included with each tale and recipe is a quote of Islamic wisdom and a riddle. The stories are entertaining and fun and the recipes authentic to each region. Muna has made an important contribution by keeping the storytelling tradition alive for today's Syrian families.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amyna

    It was an amazing book! I enjoyed all the riddles and cried over the history and stories of our beloved Sham !!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rama Kastantin

    This is one warm book dedicated to Syria <3 written by the lovely Muna Imady! May hr soul rest in peace,, Amen Syria is thankful <3

  14. 5 out of 5

    Iman

    Syrian Folktales is a fascinating book that clearly reflects both the creativity and talent of its author, Muna Imady. This non-fiction book displays a unique manner of bringing culture and folktale together to charm its reader. A new folktale from different parts of Syria highlights its rich heritage, culture and traditions. Not only that, the author's idea of including a recipe from each region of Syria is clearly very original. It intrigued me and aroused my curiosity to try each and every on Syrian Folktales is a fascinating book that clearly reflects both the creativity and talent of its author, Muna Imady. This non-fiction book displays a unique manner of bringing culture and folktale together to charm its reader. A new folktale from different parts of Syria highlights its rich heritage, culture and traditions. Not only that, the author's idea of including a recipe from each region of Syria is clearly very original. It intrigued me and aroused my curiosity to try each and every one of the dishes, thus allowing me to live the experience in a more realistic way, and to indulge in each region's distinctive culture. Adding a riddle from each region, moreover, adds a sense of amusement and makes it even more delightful to read. After all, what more can a reader ask for? Culture, food, and fun all in one!!! The originality, style and language of the author are bound to cast a spell on its reader the way I, myself, was totally spellbound. Unable to let go of the book, I had to leave everything aside just to finish reading it all!! I lived an extremely beautiful experience that no words can ever express!! I would definitely recommend this remarkable book to all readers, young and old, be they culture lovers or not. I advise them to add this exceptional work of art to their own library or collection of books, and to enrich their minds with the contents of this book. I will definitely await more publications and new books /stories from this extraordinary and gifted author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zozo Alshami

    This beautifully written book is one of my favourite reads, written by a wonderful and insightful author. It is cleverly written to include each area of Syria, along with some facts about the corresponding area, a folk tale, a riddle, a recipe and a hadith. It transports your mind back to the days when Syria was at peace and contains accurate details about traditions and culinary knowledge. It's a story book and cook-book all in one! The recipes were easy to follow and tasted delicious (well I cou This beautifully written book is one of my favourite reads, written by a wonderful and insightful author. It is cleverly written to include each area of Syria, along with some facts about the corresponding area, a folk tale, a riddle, a recipe and a hadith. It transports your mind back to the days when Syria was at peace and contains accurate details about traditions and culinary knowledge. It's a story book and cook-book all in one! The recipes were easy to follow and tasted delicious (well I couldn't make the camel one of course :P ) but I especially loved the Kibbeh; it tasted much better than my own! My favourite tale is the one about Damascus, one of my favourite places in the world - about the three spinners. There is always a good moral at the end of every tale, especially this one. Muna, you should definitely write more books, you have a gift! I recently purchased another copy for a friend who had to leave Syria and feels homesick all the time. I hope it has the same effect on him as it had on me!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cherylalkurdi

    Syrian Folktales by Muna Imady is a book I enjoyed from beginning to end. I truly loved all the Folktales , which I shared with my 7 year old daughter, who loved them as much as I did. I may try a few of the recipes of the traditional food in hopes to soothe my homesickness for Syria . What I loved most about this book is I could feel Muna Imady's whole heart and soul went into the compilation of this treasure. This fine collection definitely revives Syrian traditions which may have been lost if Syrian Folktales by Muna Imady is a book I enjoyed from beginning to end. I truly loved all the Folktales , which I shared with my 7 year old daughter, who loved them as much as I did. I may try a few of the recipes of the traditional food in hopes to soothe my homesickness for Syria . What I loved most about this book is I could feel Muna Imady's whole heart and soul went into the compilation of this treasure. This fine collection definitely revives Syrian traditions which may have been lost if not for this book. It's my little treasure which I will hold onto and God willing read to my grand kids one day. Many thanks to you Muna for this amazing masterpiece! I do hope you get the chance to write a sequel! That would be awesome ! I definitely, without hesitation recommend this book to anyone who has a love of traditions and keeping culture alive. Also, It is a definite must for all the homesick folk like me, who are missing Syria. God bless you, Muna for a wonderful contribution!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dania Albizreh

    I just finished reading this amazing book. I was really amused by the beautiful folktales, in addition, my geographic knowledge of the Syrian provinces (Muhafazat) was greatly enriched. Also I became more familiar with the Syrian traditional recipes of each province..how delicious !! As I was reading the songs, I remembered a street-paddler song usually chanted by a cucumber vendor, an old man drags his donkey through the streets and sells fresh cucumber: "Oh cucumber like baby fingers!" this boo I just finished reading this amazing book. I was really amused by the beautiful folktales, in addition, my geographic knowledge of the Syrian provinces (Muhafazat) was greatly enriched. Also I became more familiar with the Syrian traditional recipes of each province..how delicious !! As I was reading the songs, I remembered a street-paddler song usually chanted by a cucumber vendor, an old man drags his donkey through the streets and sells fresh cucumber: "Oh cucumber like baby fingers!" this book helps me keep on a track with our culture,lovely traditions,and further our history .. I recommend Syrian youth to read this exciting book and navigate in it's chapters to see how rich culture we have; moreover, to enjoy making these delicious recipes included in it . Am so eager to start reading a new folktale book by such an awesome writer..♥

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sulaima

    Amazing Book! Thanks to the wonderful author, Muna Imady for providing her readers with unique Syrian Folktales. This book takes us on a journey from the north to the south and from the east to the west of Syria sharing a folktale, a food recipe, and a riddle from each and every province of the country. It teaches and reflects the rich culture of this historical country through engaging stories, food, and humor. It is a fabulous book which suits all age groups including children and adults bec Amazing Book! Thanks to the wonderful author, Muna Imady for providing her readers with unique Syrian Folktales. This book takes us on a journey from the north to the south and from the east to the west of Syria sharing a folktale, a food recipe, and a riddle from each and every province of the country. It teaches and reflects the rich culture of this historical country through engaging stories, food, and humor. It is a fabulous book which suits all age groups including children and adults because it has something interesting for all. I chose to give this book 5 stars because it is a wonderful introduction to some aspects of the Syrian Culture, and I highly recommend it to all people who enjoy reading different folktales in addition to cooking and eating delicious international food recipes. By Sulaima

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jaber

    i dont really read or know much about my country's history , or lets say i just wasn't really interested cause no book really grabbed my attention but eventually this one did and i don't regret reading it what so ever.it talks about the syrian history but in a very different and interesting way which is really catchy and makes me and many other teens who are not really interested in history actually enjoy reading the book and wanna finish it till the end.the author Muna Imady made this book in a i dont really read or know much about my country's history , or lets say i just wasn't really interested cause no book really grabbed my attention but eventually this one did and i don't regret reading it what so ever.it talks about the syrian history but in a very different and interesting way which is really catchy and makes me and many other teens who are not really interested in history actually enjoy reading the book and wanna finish it till the end.the author Muna Imady made this book in a way where teens and adults enjoy reading it which really isn't easy to do cause i never imagined to read any of my parents books.i have to say that is a very successful book and i hope she has new books coming out soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Redgewell

    A wonderful collection of stories that made me long for the Syria I left behind many years ago. The folktales made me both laugh and cry, the recipes made me go out and hunt down the ingredients, while the sayings brought back wonderful memories. A timely book that reminds us of how important food, family, and oral traditions are. I hope to read many more books by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nell

    Imady has pursued the preservation of these folktales with diligence and intelligence. Serious effort has been put into unearthing the origins and meanings behind the stories so that readers who are unfamiliar with the culture can appreciate their import. In so doing, she also provides historical insight into the ancient and rich society that antedates present-day Syria.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judiyyeh

    I absolutely loved this book and read it all in one sitting. As a Syrian it was a delightful way to reconnect with my heritage. I never knew there was a Syrian version of Cinderella until I read it - except her name is Fatima and she's from the Ghouta. ;) Overall a fun read. And the recipes are nice too! I absolutely loved this book and read it all in one sitting. As a Syrian it was a delightful way to reconnect with my heritage. I never knew there was a Syrian version of Cinderella until I read it - except her name is Fatima and she's from the Ghouta. ;) Overall a fun read. And the recipes are nice too!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rima

    I think this is a very valuable book and that similar books should be written for each culture. With the invasion of technology folktales are dying out with the death of old people. I thank the author for the effort she put in keeping these wonderful tales alive! More

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oumayma Dakkak

    Dear Muna, a nice book telling the good time in Syria. It is a geographical, historical, social book and over all a documentary of syrian lives.. May God bring back safety and pleasure to all our beloved country.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abdul Aboukoura

    I love this book, it's really nice and detailed.The author talks about all the Provinces of Syria and includes a delicious recipe from each. I recommend to all teenagers who are interested in learning about Middle Eastern Culture. I love this book, it's really nice and detailed.The author talks about all the Provinces of Syria and includes a delicious recipe from each. I recommend to all teenagers who are interested in learning about Middle Eastern Culture.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dana Sandouk

    Amazing book! I loved the way you included some riddles. It tells a lot about the Syrian culture. It deserves to be a reference about the Syrian life. I enjoyed reading the folktales. Some of them recalled sweet memories from my childhood when my mom and grandma used to tell me bedtime stories :-)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kareem5116621

    I think it is a wonderful book! Very interesting...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mhd Aref

    The best thing would be to settle down and read the book while enjoying the taste of one of the many delicious dishes mentioned in it :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dr Tarakji

    Amazing book! I enjoyed reading it very much! It reminded me the time my own grandmother would sit me down and tell me these same stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ash Shehadeh

    Great book! Recommended for all Syrians interested in their heritage and all non Syrians interested in Syria!

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