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Garment of Destiny

Zanzibar to Oxford: A Surgeon’s Global Quest for Identity and the Ties that Bind

By: Dr. Abdallah Daar

Price: CAD $22.00


Imprint: Barlow Book Publishing

352 Pages

8.94 X 5.98 X 0.79 ins

ISBN:  9781988025346 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 09/29/2018

Inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Dr. Abdallah Daar, world-renowned transplant surgeon, scientist, bioethicist, global health expert, and true international, shares the stories of his remarkable life and career in Garment of Destiny.

Daar's story is joyful and inspiring, humorous and thoughtful, hopeful and triumphant - and, at times, harrowing. It is one man's honest attempt to answer the question "Who am I and what do I share with the rest of humanity?" Daar takes the reader on an absorbing journey to Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Zanzibar, South Africa, Idi Amin's Uganda, London, Oxford, the Middle East, the U.S., and finally, Canada, meeting slaves, royalty, great heroes, Nobel Prize winners, and mass murderers along the way. It is an exploration of the many facets of identity - and a plea to resist the forces that are wrenching people apart on racial, political and religious lines.

"Dr. Daar's remarkably inspiring life reminds us to focus not on what keeps us apart, but on what we all have in common. We share much in common, most importantly our struggle with the construction of our identities. We are both displaced persons who have crossed major thresholds of culture, geography, and professions. Garment of Destiny will make a huge contribution to the necessary dialogue about how we survive these polarized, fractured times. I highly recommend reading this incredible book." - Izzzeldin Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

Dr. Abdallah Daar was born in Tanzania and educated at Oxford University. He taught and worked as a transplant surgeon at Oxford before moving to the Middle East, where he helped to build two new medical schools. He is currently a professor of clinical public health, global health, and surgery at the University of Toronto. He has worked extensively with the U.N., and his numerous international awards include the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science. In 2017, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his many contributions to global health and for his role in the creation of Grand Challenges Canada.

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