Syria : The Desert and the Sown

Syria : The Desert and the Sown

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"You may rely upon one thing - I'll never engage in creating kings again; it's too great a strain."Gertrude Bell - traveller, scholar, archaeologist, spy - was one of the most powerful figures in the Middle East in the 20th century. With T.E. Lawrence, she was a significant force behind the Arab Revolt and was responsible for creating the boundaries of the modern state of Iraq, as well as installing the Hashemite dynasty, with Faisal I as king, in Iraq and Transjordan. Her knowledge of the Arab world was forged through decades of travel and the relationships she built across Arabia with tribal leaders and kings, who referred to her as Umm al Mu'mineen, or Mother of the Faithful. In the winter of 1906, she undertook an often dangerous journey through Greater Syria - Damascus, Jerusalem, Beirut, Antioch and Alexandretta - and her portrait of the landscapes, people and customs of a part of the world that very few had explored at the time is now a classic of travel writing. Bell's Syria illuminates a region that continues to preoccupy us today as well as portraying the unique life of a remarkable, still-controversial and ultimately tragic woman.


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Details

Author(s)
Gertrude Bell
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 27.94mm | 299.37g
Publication date
30 Mar 2016
Publisher
I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Imprint
I.B. TAURIS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
Revised
Edition Statement
Revised edition
ISBN10
1780766912
ISBN13
9781780766911
Bestsellers rank
592,225