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The Marsh Arabs  : Penguin Classics - Wilfred Thesiger

The Marsh Arabs

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 15th January 2008
ISBN: 9780141442082
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 18+ years old

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During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Travelling from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicines and treating the sick. In this account of his time there he pays tribute to the hospitality, loyalty, courage and endurance of the people, describes their impressive reed houses, the waterways and lakes teeming with wildlife, the herding of buffalo and hunting of wild boar, moments of tragedy and moments of pure comedy, all in vivid, engaging detail. Untouched by the modern world until recently, these independent people, their way of life and their surroundings have suffered widespread destruction under the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Wilfred Thesiger's magnificent account of his time spent among them is a moving testament to their now threatened culture and the landscape they inhabit.

About the Author

Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (1910-2003) was a British travel writer born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Thesiger is best known for two travel books: Arabian Sands (1959) recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between 1945 and 1950 and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedouins, and The Marsh Arabs (1964), an account of the traditional peoples who lived in the marshlands of southern Iraq.

Industry Reviews

"It is one thing to tell the story of an expedition . . . it is quite another to convey the atmosphere. . . . This is a richly rewarding book." --The Observer

"His voyage through desert waters will remain, like his Arabian Sands, a classic of travel writing." --The Times (London)

List of mapsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Chief Charactersp. 12
Prefacep. 13
A glimpse of the Marshesp. 19
Back on the edge of the Marshesp. 24
Hunting wild boarp. 34
Arrival at Qababp. 44
First impressions of the Madanp. 52
In Sadam's guest housep. 58
Bu Mughaifat: a Marsh villagep. 67
Crossing the Central Marshesp. 78
In the heart of the Marshesp. 88
The historical backgroundp. 94
Winning acceptancep. 102
Among the Fartusp. 111
Feuds in the Marshesp. 117
Return to Qababp. 123
Falih Bin Majidp. 132
Falih's deathp. 141
The mourning ceremonyp. 149
The Eastern Marshesp. 155
Among the Sudan and the Suaidp. 164
Amara's familyp. 172
1954: the Floodp. 182
1955: the Droughtp. 193
Berbera and Mudhifsp. 200
Amara's blood feudp. 209
My last year in the Marshesp. 215
Glossaryp. 221
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780141442082
ISBN-10: 0141442085
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th January 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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