Illustrated History of Kuwait

i came across this fantastic book about the history of kuwait – at first sight, i thought it was tintin, it looked so good on my colleague’s table i couldn’t tell it’s actually about kuwait.

the book is prepared by khaled abdullah al massad and illustrated by ali jelveh – it starts with a quick historical background on the region with some nice illustrations on failakh island and the greek era, then it touches base on the pre and post islamic era and the various battles between the tribes – what was also interesting is the story of the 3 branches of the “weal” tribe, al khalifah, al jalahmah and al subah who moved from al najad to the shores of the gulf, settling first in qatar then, kuwait.

the book is very interesting and the illustrations makes it fun to read – you can also bump into president bush who liberated kuwait after the invasion..

the book is sold at 6.5 kd, not sure though you can find it in all bookstores – for more information you can email historyofkuwait

thanks to manal for sharing the book.


تطبيق كتابي لجهاز الايفون  يمكن هواة القراءة من ممارسة هوايتهم و الإختيار بين أكثر من مئتا كتاب تغطي مواضيع مختلفه منها المواضيع الدينية , التربوية و التعليمية , الأسرة و العلاقات, الترفيه, و تطوير الذات
يأتي الإصدار الثاني ليوفر للمستخدم تجربة قراءة فريدة و مميزة إذ يتيح كتابي تصفح فهرس الكتاب للتأكد من محتواه و ملائمته لإهتمامات القارئ بالإضافة إلى مشاركة آرائك و تعليقاتك حول الكتب و تبادل النقاشات لتكون تجربة قراءة تفاعلية مميزة

مجموعة من المميزات و التحديثات رافقت الإصدار الجديد وهي:
متجر كتب يتيح لك استعراض و البحث عن كتبك المفضلة بسهولة حسب اسم الكتاب, التصنيف, اسم المؤلف
تصفح فهرس الكتاب قبل شراءه للتأكد من المحتوى و ملائمته لإحتياجاتك
لن تضيع كتبك مرة أخرى; وذلك عن طريق خاصية استرجاع الكتب، التي تمكنك من استرجاع كتبك المشتراه سابقا
امكانية تسجيل الدخول للحصول على كتب مجانية
تشغيل القراءة الليلية، لقراءة أسهل ليلا
اضافة علامات للقراءة, والبحث داخل الكتاب
ساعد الآخرين بكتابة تعليقاتك ورأيك في الكتب وكن جزءا من تجربة قراءة تفاعلية
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