Loved this book. Having lived in Egypt, I found this to be an accurate depiction of the two worlds that exist in the same country. It’s a true page-turner – couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in learning more about the two cultures in Egypt.
Um Daoud has once again given us an insider’s view into Middle Eastern society through Two Sides of a Coin: An Egyptian Story. Though almost 90% Muslim, Egypt has something that most other Arab countries lack–a large Christian community. Because of this, Egypt is unique in the way Christians and Muslims interact and co-exist in a state of tangible tension. Through this story, readers are able to see into the two worlds where religion is central to both and a factor to every aspect of life. Um Daoud informs and intrigues us through this complicated tale of struggle to find peace.
This book is the engaging story of two Egyptian families. It is loaded with cultural details that would normally be invisible to the outsider, and which enhance the story without distracting from it. This is a very entertaining way to get insight into Egyptian culture.