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In the fall of 1928, Freya Stark, a thirty-five-year-old Englishwoman, set out on her first journey to the Middle East. Bolstered by a command of Arabic, a fair knowledge of Farsi, and an irrepressible drive that would characterize her more than five decades as a traveler and explorer, Stark spent most of the next four years in Iraq and Persia. Stark traveled alone throughout some of the wilder areas of the Middle East at a time when this area was gaining new worldwide importance. For Stark, risk-taking was the essence of a life worth living: while never hunting out danger for its own sake, she nevertheless viewed her travels as a way of expressing her freedom. Such views make her essays as fresh and startling today as when they were written.

Synopsis:

In the fall of 1928, thirty-five year-old Freya Stark set out on her first journey to the Middle East. She spent most of the next four years in Iraq and Persia, visiting ancient and medieval sites, and traveling alone through some of the wilder corners of the region.

About the Author

Dame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs. Perowne, DBE (born 31 January 1893, Paris, France — died 9 May 1993, Asolo, Italy) was a British travel writer.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Making of a Traveller by Barbara Kreiger

Baghdad Sketches

     Foreword

     The Desert Route

     An Introduction from Damascus

     In the Moslem Quarter

     Marie the Armenian 

     Life in the Slum

     The Makign of a Nationalist

     Concerning Smells

     A Chapter of Discord

     The Life of the River

     A Visit in the Desert

     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

     The 'Ashura

     One of the Four Holy Cities of Iraq

     Samarra and Tekrit

     Neif

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810160231
Introduction:
Kreiger, Barbara
Author:
Kreiger, Barbara
Introduction by:
Kreiger, Barbara
Introduction:
Kreiger, Barbara
Author:
Stark, Freya
Author:
Kreiger, Barbara
Publisher:
Marlboro Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
Baghdad
Subject:
Iraq Social life and customs.
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Iraq Description and travel.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
176
Publication Date:
19961204
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
177
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in

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