In this moving fictional treatment of a Muslim woman's life, a personal and family crisis impells the heroine to reexamine traditional cultural attitudes toward women. Cast out and divorced by her husband, she finds herself in a strange new world. Both obstacles and support systems change as she actively participates in the struggle for Moroccan independence from France. This feminist novel is a literary statement in a modern realist style. Many novels by women of the Middle East that have been translated reflect Western views, values, and education. By contrast, Year of the Elephant is uniquely Moroccan and emerges from North African Islamic culture itself. Its subtle juxtaposition of past and present, of immediate thought and triggered memory, reflects the heroine's interior conflict between tradition and modern demands. The title refers to a famous battle described in the Koran.
Eddy the Elephant is a large careless Elephant. He always seems to get into trouble but his time, he is up to his trunk in trouble. Eddy gets his trunk stuck and his friends try to help him get loose, but, Lenny the mouse is too small to help, Lance the lion is trying to be helpful but is always hungry, and Jay the bird is smart but does he have what it takes to help Eddy this time.
Where did you come from? Why are you here? Did you evolve from a monkey, or were you created by God? Science and religion have been at odds since the beginning of time, but what would happen if they finally agreed to work together? What if scientific findings were used to prove religious beliefs instead of disprove them? What if religious beliefs were used to fill in the gaps that science cannot solve? Religion negates science by claiming the universe is too complex to have created itself, and science negates religion by claiming it is too complex to have been created by intelligent design. Author Marlin Zimmerman negates them both by posing an interesting take on history's longest argument. After examining the text of Genesis and the scientific findings relating to the theory of evolution, decomposition, and fossil records, Zimmerman presents a new theory—The Wheel Theory—which claims that the earth was created by God as a mature system, fully functioning with all biological laws intact, complete with a fossil record and history. Examining the Elephant encourages you to put your differences aside, understand that science and religion both study the same elephant, and accept a modern-day theory on creation.
This book is intended to serve as an introduction to the elephant-lore of Hindus. It consists primarily of a translation of the Elephant-Sport (Matanga-Lila) of Nilakantha, with notes, introduction, and glossary. The Matanga-Lila is without doubt the best available Sanskrit work on elephantology. It is a brief and succinct treatise in 263 stanzas, divided into twelve chapters of uneven length. Nothing is known of the Nilakantha who is mentioned as its author. According to the editor, Ganapati Sastri, the three manuscripts he used are about two hundred years old. But the work is probably very much older. For aught we know it may go back a thousand years or even to a much earlier date. This, however, is purely conjectural; all we can say is that there is no positive trace of modernity in the work. The elephant-lore of our text is based on a genuine traditional knowledge which grew up among those whose business it was to deal with elephants, and that this tradition has persisted to modern times.
From an internationally renowned field scientist comes this fascinating story of her unexpected discovery of a RsecretS new mode of elephant communication. This unforgettable journey takes readers into the wilds of Africa where naturalists do their difficult work in a troubled land.
The authors of Secrets of the Sahara battle the elephant poachers of Zambia in this “exciting . . . part adventure story, part wildlife tale” (The Boston Globe). Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants. The Eye of the Elephant recounts the Owens’ struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants. Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.