New Book Looks to Help Fight the War on Ignorance

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History professor, John Livingston, challenges readers to become more accepting of other cultures

The Pew Research Center reported last year that interracial relationships have increased steadily, with 6.3 percent of U.S. marriages between spouses of different races in 2013, but Dr. John Livingston, urges people to do more to break down the barriers between different races and come to mutual cultural understanding.

Livingston, a professor of Islamic history and civilization and of modern Middle East history, blends his academic expertise and personal experience to tell the story of a Muslim woman and a Western man in an intercultural romantic relationship in 1960s war-torn Egypt in his new book, “Love on the Wings of War.”

Although Livingston strives to entertain with his tale of forbidden love, he also sheds light on important themes he feels are not addressed frequently enough.

“Obstacles to east-west relationships are personal and individual, but they are exacerbated by politics much more than they are created by cultural or religious factors,” Livingston said.

Drawing from his own experiences, including living in the Middle East for 20 years and studying Islamic history and culture extensively, Livingston emphasizes the warmth and compassion of Middle Eastern people and tackles some of the struggles they face daily.

“Love on the Wings of War: For the Love of Egypt”
By John Livingston
ISBN: 9781491797235 (softcover) 9781491797228 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse

About the author
John Livingston earned his bachelor’s degree at MIT and his doctorate at Princeton University. He is currently a professor of Islamic History and Civilization and Modern Middle East History at William Paterson University. Dr. Livingston currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Love on the Wings of War” is his fourth book.

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