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Baghdad Sketches: Journeys Through Iraq

Autor Freya Stark
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 18 ian 2011
During her many years in Iraq, Freya Stark was witness to the rise and fall of the British involvement in the country as well as the early years of independence.Freya Stark first journeyed to Iraq in 1927. Seven years after the establishment of the British Mandate, the modern state was in its infancy and worlds apart from the country it has since become. Typically - and controversially - she chose to live outside the close-knit western expatriate scene and immersed herself in the way of life of ordinary Iraqis - living in the 'native' quarter of the city and spending time with its tribal sheikhs and leaders.Venturing out of Baghdad, she travelled to Mosul, Nineveh, Tikrit and Najaf, where she perceptively describes the millennia-old tensions between Sunni and Shi'a, time not having dissipated their hatred. In the 1940s she returned again, this time travelling south, to the Marsh Arabs, whose way of life has now all but disappeared; north into Kurdistan and later, Kuwait, in the days before the oil boom.Painting a portrait of both the political and social preoccupations of the day as exquisitely as she does the people and landscapes of Iraq, Baghdad Sketches is a remarkable portrait of the country as it once was.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781848856554
ISBN-10: 1848856555
Pagini: 224
Ilustrații: black & white illustrations
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Freya Stark (1893-1993), 'the poet of travel', was the doyenne of Middle East travel writers and one of the most courageous and adventurous women travellers in history. She travelled extensively through Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Southern Arabia, where she became the first western woman to travel through the Hadhramaut. Usually solo, she ventured to places few Europeans had ever been. Her travels earned her the Founder's Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and she was created a Dame in 1975. She received huge public acclaim and her many, now classic, books include Traveller's Prelude, The Valleys of the Assassins, Ionia, The Southern Gates of Arabia, Alexander's Path, Dust in the Lion's Paw and East is West.

Cuprins

List of Illustration Preface The Desert Route An Introduction from Damascus In the Moslem Quarter Marie the Armenian Life in the Slum The Making of a Nationalist Concerning Smells A Chapter of Discord The Life of the River A Visit in the Desert European and American Ladies in Iraq The Social Status of Ladies Concerning Manners A Syriac Christmas Education Ramadhan The Fellahin The Nisibin Road The Young Effendi and the Sentimental Traveller The Devil-Worshippers The Death of Mandali The Kuwait Journey Kuwait. II 1937 Failichah The "Slaves" Club Cosmetics Builton Sand The 'Ashura One of the Four Holy Cities of Iraq Samarra and Tekrit Nejf Index