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The American Granddaughter

Fifteen years after emigrating from Baghdad to America, Zeina returns to her war-torn homeland as an interpreter for the US Army and finds herself tormented by conflicting allegiances. Her traditional grandmother, the only family member Zeina believes she has in Iraq, disapproves of her granddaughter’s involvement with the occupying forces. Whilst in Baghdad, Zeina meets two ‘brothers’ she knows nothing of. When she falls deeply in love with one of them, a militant in the Mahdi Army, she herself begins to question her values. The American Granddaughter eloquently reveals an Iraqi American’s painful inner struggle against a backdrop of the pointless atrocities of war.

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QFINANCE: The Ultimate Resource

Created by the world’s leading finance professionals under the guidance of a highly experienced, world-class strategic panel, including Jim O’Neill, Zvi Bodie, Robert Merton, Ian Cormack, Laura Tyson and others, QFINANCE: The Ultimate Resource is the first-stop reference work for the finance professional.

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QFINANCE: Approaches to Enterprise Risk Management

Approaches to Enterprise Risk Management includes over 25 chapters, addressing business threats to companies. It also provides steps to cope with negative events that could impact on a company’s health. It includes information on financial, strategic and operational risks, and provides practical advice on mitigating such risks with 28 step-by-step guides, including Key Components of a Corporate Risk Register; Managing and Auditing the Risk of Business Interruption; Hedging Interest Rate Risk; and Stress Testing to Evaluate Insurance Cover.

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QFINANCE: The Dictionary of Accounting and Finance

QFinance: The Dictionary of Accounting and Finance is a comprehensive guide that provides easily accessible information in a reader-friendly format that is easy to use. Main topics include: Accounting, Acquisitions, Banking, Business, Compliance, Governance, Currency, Economics, Finance, Fraud, Management, HR, Insurance, International Trade, Investments, Legal, Markets, Mergers, Operations, Pensions, Production, Real Estate, Regulation, Risk, Statistics, Stockholding, Tax and Treasury.

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QFINANCE: Effective Operations and Performance Management

Effective Operations and Performance Management offers a wealth of material on thought leadership and best practice. Including over 30 chapters on the management of operations and performance, Effective Operations and Performance Management offers a wealth of material on thought leadership and best practice, as well as step-by-step guides on methods to improve operational robustness and measure performance. It also incorporates information on measuring and managing operational issues, and provides executives with a solid platform from which to develop strategy and grow their business. Chapters include Multidimensional Performance Measurement Using the Balanced Scorecard; The Human value of the Enterprise; Aligning Structure with Strategy; and Reducing Costs through Production and Supply Chain Management.

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QFINANCE: The Pocket Dictionary of Business

An essential reference for all business people. QFINANCE: The Pocket Dictionary of Business is a comprehensive guide, which provides reader-friendly information in a way that is easy to use and practical. Main topics include: Accounting, Acquisitions, E-Commerce, Economics, Finance, Fraud, General Management, HR, Insurance, International Trade, Legal, Marketing, Mergers, Operations, Pensions, Personnel, Production, Real Estate, Risk, Statistics, Stockholding, Taxation and Treasury Management.

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QFINANCE: The Pocket Dictionary of Finance

QFINANCE: The Pocket Dictionary of Finance is designed for on-the-move finance professionals and students who need quick concise definitions fast. Containing over 5,000 finance terms, this is a comprehensive and essential reference that explains the latest finance terminology. Main topics include: Accounting, Acquisitions, Banking, Compliance, Economics, Insurance, Investments, Markets, Mergers, Mortgages, Pensions, Real Estate, Regulation, Risk, Statistics, Stockholding, Taxation and Treasury Management.

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QFINANCE: Islamic Finance Instruments and Markets

Islamic Finance: Instruments and Markets provides readers with an expansive analysis of this fast-growing area. Coverage includes in-depth analysis of the financial instruments within the Sharia framework and how they are applied in various sectors including insurance, investment and capital markets. Regulatory issues are also discussed, including the role of the Sharia board, reporting financial risk and legal bodies

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Focus On 50: Unseen Treasures from the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar

Written by the Museum’s own specialists and illustrated with beautiful general and close-up colour images, Unseen Treasures is a unique look at some of the most exquisite masterpieces of the Islamic art world that have never before been exhibited or published by the Museum. It includes a gorgeously gilded Mamluk glass bucket that once belonged to the Rothschild household, a seven-metre-long Hajj certificate and sublime Safavid silk velvets.

Produced for the Museum of Islamic Art in association with the Qatar Museums Authority, Unseen Treasures is published as part of the celebrations for 2010: Doha, Capital of Arab Culture.

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Dictionary of Business

A dictionary of the basic business vocabulary used in both British and American English. It contains thousands of basic business terms. The terms deal with all aspects of business life from the office to the stock exchange and international trade fairs. The vocabulary covers everyday business usage; office practice, buying and selling, banking, insurance, stock exchange, warehousing and distribution. Differences between British and American usage are highlighted. The definitions are given in simple English, making it accessible for all students.

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Dictionary of Law

This bestselling dictionary provides clear, concise and fully up-to-date information on all aspects of civil, criminal and commercial law.

Fully updated for the new edition, expanded topics include juvenile crime, immigration, anti-terrorism measures, e-crime, family law, police procedure and forensics. Examples and encyclopedic comments help to explain complex terms from British, European and US legal procedures.

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Dictionary of Medical Terms

The Dictionary of Medical Terms covers fields such as surgery, general practice, hospitals, clinics, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and other specialisms, and includes example sentences for each entry, together with grammar notes and parts of speech. As well as technical language it also includes informal terms used between professionals or professionals and patients. It is a valuable practical reference for interns, nurses or trainees in any medical field and its clear explanations make it ideal for professionals learning English for medicine, for A-level and undergraduate students, and for home reference.

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Nothing to Lose But Your Life

She stands in front of the mirror, trying to hide her womanly curves and fully aware that she is about to expose herself to danger. A tomboy at heart, driven by adventure and a desire to understand what her less privileged compatriots go through, architect and university professor Suad Amiry has decided to disguise herself as a man and cross the Israeli border illegally to seek work in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva. The 18-hour journey that she braves with Murad and his brother Mohammed starts with a bumpy late night ride in a bus crammed with other illegal workers – all men –whose endless stories are both horrifying and amusing. And in his pocket, Murad carries a photograph of his object of desire who lives in Tel Aviv but who seems to have her eye on his friend.

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Qatari Voices

Qatari Voices is the first anthology that represents 25 young creative Qatari authors. The anthology reflects concerns and aspirations of the young Qatari generation illustrated in essays and stories. They are intimate glimpses of old reminiscence and longing to the simple past, as well as photos that show concerns of a challenging present and aspirations to the future. They also tackle sensitive issues such as arranged marriages and gender discrimination. Qatari Voices is a mirror of reality of the Qatari society from a young generation perspective. 

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The Battles of the Prophet Muhammad

In the early years of Islam the Prophet Muhammad and his supporters faced many challenges and threats. Even after leaving Mecca for the nearby town of Medina, the Muslims were not safe from attack and had to fight several battles to defend themselves. This book includes exciting accounts of four of the early battles fought by the Muslims against their enemies.

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Stories of the Caliphs

After the death of the Prophet Muhammad, there followed many leaders of the Muslim world who were known as Caliphs. These successors to the Prophet ruled – from Medina, damascus and later from Baghdad – over an empire that included a large part of the world. This book includes 27 stories from the lives of the first Caliphs, from the very pious Umar ibn al-Khattab to Al-Mu’tadid.

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Fafa And Friends: The Egg

Outi and Douka have found a ball to play with. But the ball is not what it seems. There’s something inside it! 

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Fafa And Friends: The Huge Wave

Meet Fafa the turtle, Douka the lively ladybird, Moumou the bouncy frog and Outi the cuddly seal, in one of the first stories to be based on Al Jazeera Children’s Channel’s favourite TV characters. Fafa and her friends have built an enormous sandcastle. Splash! When Scoot the fish dives into the water the castle disappears into the sea. But what’s that, left behind on the sand?

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The Selfish Crocodile

What do you do when a big angry crocodile tells you to stay away from his river? You stay well away! All the animals in the forest are frightened of the cranky crocodile and dare not go anywhere near him or the river until one day the whole forest is woken up by the sound of loud groaning. The moans were coming from the crocodile who was in a great deal of pain! While the animals stand and watch in fear, it was the tiny mouse who finds a clever solution that makes everyone happy again.

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Victory Over Abu Derya

The pearl fleet has returned from another hard season at sea. The legendary guardian of the Sea Kingdom, Abu Derya, has inflicted a terrible defeat and many ships and sailors have been lost.

When Rashid's grandmother has a dream in which her grandson's hands are filled with pearls, the villagers are determined to reverse their fortune. But Abu Derya is ready once again to unleash his forces including poisonous jellyfish and a giant whale.  Who will be victorious?

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Utopia (Arabic)

A grim futuristic account of Egyptian society in the year 2023. Utopia takes readers on an action-packed journey that ventures beyond the gated communities that insulate the wealthy from the bleak realities of Egyptian life. A young man and a young girl break away from the idyllic bubble of affluence they know so well, to delve into the harsh realities of the impoverished Egyptians living right outside the fortified gates of their compounds. Breathtaking and enormously suspenseful, Utopia’s twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the very last page, and may leave some wondering whether this is a vision of the future that is not too far away.

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Vertigo (Arabic)

A tense thriller that exposes contemporary Egypt and Cairo’s seedy nightlife, Vertigo has attracted critical acclaim and been reprinted several times in Arabic Ahmed, a society photographer in a celebrated Cairo nightclub, witnesses a friend horrifically killed in a fight between young business rivals. Forced to escape the scene of the crime and go into hiding, Ahmed is ensnared in a web of coverups and crimes whose perpetrators will stop at nothing to hide. In this sprawling political thriller, Ahmed is forced to confront ruthless players. It’s a game where the penalty for failure could be his life.

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Ghadan Kif Kif (Arabic)

The residential Paradise projects are only a few Metro stops from central Paris, but it’s a different world Doria’s father, the Beard, has headed back to Morocco, leaving Doria and her mother to cope. It seems that mektoub – their fate – has it in for them them but Doria will prove that the ‘projects’ are about more than rap, soccer and religious tension.

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Wazn Al Ruh (Arabic)

When Lounès is suspended from school a sequence of events changes his life. Innocently caught up in a heroin deal that turns ugly, the young man faces a media-fed storm of prejudice and protest. Writing with the tautness and tension of a thriller, Rachedi observes as his young hero inspires and unites otherwise isolated suburban residents, with surprising results.

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Al Ghumama Al Hamra (Arabic)

‘I come from a world where adolescence does not exist.’ At the age of 15, the narrator decides to leave his native Algeria and smuggle himself to France. For two years his determination to succeed overcomes all barriers, until he is confronted by the greatest challenge of all. One morning a ‘red veil’ falls over his eyes. The narrator’s response to the loss of his sight lies in his aptitude for numbers, his passion for literature and his love for the young women in his life. Based on the author’s own life, this is a powerful account of the resilience of a formidable adolescent.

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Children

The Snail and The Whale (Arabic)

A tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs, volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it’s the tiny snail who saves the day.

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Funny Bones (Arabic)

Funnybones is both wonderfully entertaining and also hugely instructive for children learning to read. The first in the Funnybones series, this light-hearted and educational book introduces an endearing family of skeletons that includes a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. One night they decide to find someone to frighten, but everyone seems to be asleep so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and messing around with the animal skeletons in the zoo.

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No Matter What

Feeling grouchy and uncertain, a little fox asks his mother if she will love him no matter what happens. What if I’m a scary bear or a big green bug, he asks? The mother reassures him that she will always love him and that her love for him is greater than everything else. “Love, like starlight, never dies.”

With simple rhymes and bold illustrations of this international bestseller, award- winning Debbi Gliori explores the unconditional love of a parent while dealing with the anxieties and insecurities that children sometimes feel.

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The Gruffalo

A rhyming tale about a cunning mouse. When a series of predators invite the mouse for dinner (and who will be served for dinner?) the mouse pretends he is on his way to meet the big scary Gruffalo. Hearing the mouse describe the monster, the animals run for their lives until the mouse finds himself face to face with … the Gruffalo!

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The Selfish Crocodile

What do you do when a big angry crocodile tells you to stay away from his river? You stay well away! All the animals in the forest are frightened of the cranky crocodile and dare not go anywhere near him or the river until one day the whole forest is woken up by the sound of loud groaning. The moans were coming from the crocodile who was in a great deal of pain! While the animals stand and watch in fear, it was the tiny mouse who finds a clever solution that makes everyone happy again.

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Eliza and the Moonchild

The Moonchild is tired of seeing only white so he pops down to Earth in search of color. Disappointed to find a grey shadowy place, he meets Eliza who tells him that when the Sun rises, the Earth will shine with brilliant colors. Together they watch the sun rise while Eliza paints everything they see. When it’s time for the Moonchild to go back, Eliza has a surprise for him.

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Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly

A rainbow palette of a book about two friends, Nader and Sawsan, who take the reader on a mesmerizing tour of their favorite things – including cars, aliens, dinosaurs and jelly! A simply told story with explosions of color that will enthrall the youngest of readers.

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Victory Over Abu Derya

The pearl fleet has returned from another hard season at sea. The legendary guardian of the Sea Kingdom, Abu Derya, has inflicted a terrible defeat and many ships and sailors have been lost.

When Rashid's grandmother has a dream in which her grandson's hands are filled with pearls, the villagers are determined to reverse their fortune. But Abu Derya is ready once again to unleash his forces including poisonous jellyfish and a giant whale.  Who will be victorious?

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Where the Streets Had a Name

When 13-year-old Hayaat’s grandmother falls gravely ill, she knows that there’s only one thing to do. She vows to bring back a handful of soil from Setti Zeinab’s ancestral home in occupied Jerusalem, where her grandmother yearns to return to. Taking along her friend Samy, a daredevil troublemaker who dreams of playing football in Italy, they leave their homes in Bethlehem pretending they are going to school. It is the most dangerous and eventful journey of their lives. They must cross the Wall that divides the land with its watchtowers, checkpoints, barbwire and heavy iron gate.

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