Building bridges of understanding between the West and the Middle East ...
I first headed to the Middle East over 30 years ago. During the eleven years I lived there, my primary goal was to mix with the local people of the countries I visited. I learned to appreciate the way they live, travel the way they travel, eat what they eat, and most importantly show them respect.
What usually opened doors the widest for me was the serious effort I put in to learning to read, write and speak Arabic ... a language with many complexities and varieties ... a language I have learned to love. As Nelson Mandela so aptly stated, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
Although I now reside in Canada, I continue with my Middle East focus, traveling to that region often. In addition, I have started writing. I've published two books, Rubbing Shoulders in Yemen (2012), and Iraq on Their Doorstep (2014). Click on the "Peter's Books" tab to learn more about the content of each book.
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