In the Shadow of Islam

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An extraordinary evocation of the desert and its people by a woman who dressed as a man in order to travel alone and unimpeded throughout North Africa
 
In 1897 Isabelle Eberhardt, at the age of 20, left an already unconventional life in Geneva for the Morroccan frontier. Gripped by spiritual restlessness and the desire to break free from the confinements of her society she traveled into the desert, and into the heart of Islam. Her ...
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Overview


An extraordinary evocation of the desert and its people by a woman who dressed as a man in order to travel alone and unimpeded throughout North Africa
 
In 1897 Isabelle Eberhardt, at the age of 20, left an already unconventional life in Geneva for the Morroccan frontier. Gripped by spiritual restlessness and the desire to break free from the confinements of her society she traveled into the desert, and into the heart of Islam. Her experiences inspired a profound self-examination, and a book that today is regarded as one of the true classics of travel writing. In the current political climate, it is also a book uncannily current in its treatment of the culture of Islam in North Africa. One of the most astonishing travel documents of all time, this book is also a feminist classic in its own right.
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"A compelling narrative and an ideal starting point from which to discover more about Isabelle Eberhardt's picaresque life."  —Times Literary Supplement

"Her writings, and her sheer modernity, stand up to modern scrutiny."  —Daily Telegraph

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In either a wicked case of restlessness or the spirit of adventure, Eberhardt packed her bags and left Geneva for the far edges of Morocco in 1897. She was 20 years old. Her journey into the Sahara led to her conversion to Islam. Published posthumously in 1920 (she drowned accidentally in 1904), this records her journey toward a new land and spiritual awareness. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720615876
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 1,200,136
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) was an explorer and writer who lived and traveled extensively in North Africa. Her writings were collected in The Nomad and The Oblivion Seekers.
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