Cool for Qat: A Yemeni Journey: Two Countries, Two Times

Cool for Qat: A Yemeni Journey: Two Countries, Two Times When author Peter Mortimer was commissioned to write a play about the little known Arab Riot between Yemeni and British seamen at the Mill Dam, South Shields, in , he decided to take the long trip to Yemen itself in search of inspiration Undeterred by postSeptember government warnings, Mortimer set off and found an extraordinary and surprisingly Anglophile country Cool for Qat documents this journey, during which Mortimer pieces together how the riots ofarose and considers their relevance to the Western attitude towards Muslims today Back in the UK, Mortimer s investigations into theriot reveal a society with many striking similarities to current times Then, as now, Muslim immigrants were treated as scapegoats for all manner of ills, tabloid newspapers drummed up prejudice, and the powers that be often used fear to disguise their own economic failings Cool for Qat is a thought provoking, controversial, and often humorous document of one man s travels through a country about which little is known in the West

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