Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
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'Making is our defence against the dark...' Through images of conflict and craftsmanship, Ruth Padel's powerful new collection on the Middle East traces a quest for harmony in the midst of destruction. An oud, central instrument of Middle Eastern music and ancestor of the western guitar, is made and broken. An ancient synagogue survives attacks of arson, a Palestinian boy in a West Bank refugee camp learns capoeira, Iranian ministers celebrate their plutonium enrichment by dancing on Bahrain TV and a guide shows us Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity during a siege. At the heart of the book are Christ's last words from the Cross. The common ground of this rich and moving collection is shared by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three Abrahamic faiths. It is a vision of human life as pilgrimage and struggle but also as music, and creativity. With scrupulous care and empathy, Ruth Padel suggests how rifts in the Holy Land speak to conflict in our own hearts. 'Wherever we're looking from / we are this Middle East. Some chasm / through the centre must be in and of us all.'