Novelist and Historian Adel S. Bishtawi

Origin of Semitic Languages

At one point in the remotest horizon of its history, the ancestral parent of “Semitic” languages consisted of a very limited number of biconsonantals and monosyllabic root morphemes, many of which were borrowed or adapted from the environment to create natural linguistics. Words expressing basic needs of primitive man, such as water, food, hut, stone, danger, etc., could be several thousand years older than the oldest attested Semitic language (i.e. Akkadian) or several tens of thousands.

Akkadian, Phoenician, Aramaic, and Arabic are formidable communicative tools, yet their biconsonantal roots, or linguistic nuclei, are about four hundred and thirty roots identified in two categories – primaries and secondaries. Most are paired in units constituting the main body in the larger linguistic clusters, tens of which were listed and discussed in the Origin of Semitic Languages, and a selected number was presented in the Overview along with tables, charts and supportive materials.

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Times of Death and Roses:

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`A passionate, extremely romantic love story’

`A passionate, extremely romantic love story, posing problematic questions: can love and life exist in times of destruction and death? Could a rose blossom in a soil infected by mines? Could the angels spread their white wings in an age of demons and senseless killing?’ Al Sahraa Newspaper (Morocco)

The devil under our skin

`A story of a beautiful sophisticated young woman directly in conflict with a person portrayed as the human embodiment of a modern Satan. Through this story, the novelist takes us, the readers, on a journey where our destiny is to be possessed by the prince of darkness, to touch it and to repeatedly feel an urge to free ourselves from its grip.At times we cannot but sense the devil lurking under our very skin; feel his breath released from deep down within us.’ Al Quds Al Arabi Newspaper (London)

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Adel  S. Bishtawi has been proclaimed “One of the most important contemporary Arab novelists.” His first novel, Traces of a Tattoo, is considered “One the most beautiful Arab novels and bound to be a major landmark in contemporary Arab fiction.” An English version of this novel will be published in 2008. Bishtawi’s second novel, Times of Death and Roses, was described by other critics as a “great fiction work“. “With it,” said one, “Mr. Bishtawi has succeeded in recording an entire epoch of history. For all that, he has assumed a distinguished status among Arab novelists and made the Times of Death and Roses a time of enjoyable reading.” Now both novels are available in English from AuthorHouse, Amazon and other outlets and the author hopes readers will find them as enjoyable and interesting as their Arabic editions.

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Origin of the Arabic Numerals – A natural history of numbers

A fresh international edition from AuthorHouse:

 Origin of the Arabic Numerals offers the reader two stories the author believes they have never been told in a book before. The history of mathematics suffers from many shortcomings. Many of its “established facts” are neither established nor facts. Two centuries after its manufacture essentially by two orientalists hired by the East India Company two centuries ago, it is simply extraordinary that the story of the appropriation of the Arabic cipher system and its numerals remains untold. Not a hint about this brazen high jacking can be read in any of the hundreds of books published since the death in 1929 of G. R. Kaye, the last great independent-minded expert on the Arabic numeric system. The story of the appropriation is the best-kept secret in the history of mathematics and now, believes the author, is a good time to reveal that unnecessarily-kept secret.

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