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Anton Shammas
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Born in Fassuta, a Christian Arab village in the Galilee, is a writer and translator and professor of Middle Eastern literature at the University of Michigan.

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During the Crusades to the Arab world, Europeans discovered that the Arabs established specialty hospitals to treat special ailments and specialized in surgery made possible by the use of anesthesia.


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Fruit Dessert - Halawah bil-Fawaaki

During Ramadan, the enticing sweets one sees for sale in great abundance in all cities of North Africa are made delicious by being soaked in honey syrup or with honey as an ingredient. Serves 6.

Combine plums, apple, peach, cantaloupe, raisins, lemon juice, honey and water in a saucepan then cover and cook over low heat for 12 minutes. Add butter, cinnamon and couscous, then, stirring often, cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until couscous is done, adding a little water if necessary.

Transfer to a serving platter then allow to cool for 1 hour. Sprinkle with pistachios just before serving.

HABEEB SALLOUM, author of our "Recipe of the Day" series, is a Canadian freelance writer and author specializing in food, history and travel. Besides 6 books and 18 chapters in various publications, he has written hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.