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( Read Ebook ) ê Grandfather's Tale ⚜ In Damascus, an old woman tells her grandchildren tales of her own grandfather who had come from Daghestan in the Caucasus many years beforeMy Grandfather s Tale explores the close links between the Muslim Caucasus and the Arab world against a backdrop of conflict with the Russian empire It is a story of yearning and return, rooted in the rituals of the Muslim faith and transcending the imperial frontiers of the time . The storytelling method of Sheherazade of 1,001 Nights fame is here employed by a Syrian of Dagestani descent to tell the story of her grandfather and how he came from Dagestan to Damascus in the early 19th century As its translator notes, the simply told novella isof an Islamic story than it is a Syrian, or certainly Arab, story The grandfather, Salih, is brought to live in Damascus by his father, a highly respected elderly Dagestani mufti There, he raised never to forget his homelan The storytelling method of Sheherazade of 1,001 Nights fame is here employed by a Syrian of Dagestani descent to tell the story of her grandfather and how he came from Dagestan to Damascus in the early 19th century As its translator notes, the simply told novella isof an Islamic story than it is a Syrian, or certainly Arab, story The grandfather, Salih, is brought to live in Damascus by his father, a highly respected elderly Dagestani mufti There, he raised never to forget his homeland a territory in the Caucuses adjacent to Chechnya and resisting invasion by the powerful Russian empire at the time Salih grows up in Damascus and accorded the privilege of going on the pilgrimage to Mecca with with his father On the trip, he learns the reason behind their exile in Damascus, and vows to return to his homeland one day to see his mother He grows older, builds a family, and rises to prominence in Damascus, and eventually he fulfills his vow to travel to Dagestan and reunite with his mother The book is a quick read suitable for children and is a good introduction to the little known history of Dagestan and its resistance to Russian rule Those interested in further reading are directed to Yo av Karny s Highlanders, an excellent book on the people and history of the Caucuses, which spends 125 pages on Dagestan The book also provides many examples of the centrality of faith in many Muslims lives Idilbi s novel uses a story within a story structure in which a woman in Syria tells her children stories about her grandfather who came to Damascus from the Caucasus to escape the Russian empire with his father The novel tells the grandfather s life story, from his years longing as a boy to one day be reunited with his mom through his years as a successful and holy businessperson organizing pilgrimage caravans to Mecca in the middle nineteenth century Will he ever reunite with his beloved mot Idilbi s novel uses a story within a story structure in which a woman in Syria tells her children stories about her grandfather who came to Damascus from the Caucasus to escape the Russian empire with his father The novel tells the grandfather s life story, from his years longing as a boy to one day be reunited with his mom through his years as a successful and holy businessperson organizing pilgrimage caravans to Mecca in the middle nineteenth century Will he ever reunite with his beloved mother back in the Caucasus Why did his parents divorce Will his people win their freedom from the Russians These are just a few of the questions that the novel teases with the simplicity of a children s bedtime story but the rich detail of a poem