Hala Mahmoud is a 23-year-old Jordanian photographer. She completed her undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the Hashemite University and currently works as an Arabic language instructor at Misbah Center in Amman. She volunteers for Matar, recording audio stories for the visually impaired, and is a team leader for Osboha 180, an initiative that promotes reading. Photography is her passion and through it, her vision is to show the beauty in all things.
STORY BY HEATHER M. SURLS, WITH TRANSLATION HELP BY MARADI AYED ALHAWARI PHOTOS BY HALA MAHMOUD
Our resident correspondent in Amman has been working on this story for ages. As she ran into road block after road block, we thought we might have a mysterious mini-series on our hands, complete with legends, cracked-open doorways, and classical Arabic to decipher. But our intrepid writer persisted and now brings you a delicious story of the power of a multi-generational love affair with books.