The Marsh Arabs [NOOK Book]

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Between 1951 and 1958 Wilfred Thesiger spent several months of each year living among the tribal Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq. As he travelled from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicines and treating the sick and soon came to understand and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. This magnificent account of his experiences describes a people who until recently were untouched by the modern world, living completely water-dominated lives: fishing with spears, drinking...
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The Marsh Arabs

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Overview

Between 1951 and 1958 Wilfred Thesiger spent several months of each year living among the tribal Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq. As he travelled from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicines and treating the sick and soon came to understand and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. This magnificent account of his experiences describes a people who until recently were untouched by the modern world, living completely water-dominated lives: fishing with spears, drinking water-buffalo milk, building islands and intricate stilt houses from the gigantic reeds. The Marsh Arabs pays tribute to their hospitality, loyalty, courage and endurance and is a moving testament to their threatened culture. This edition includes an introduction by Jon Lee Anderson discussing Thesiger's veiws of the places and people he visited, Saddam Hussein's destruction of the marshlands and the possibilities for their restoration.
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What People Are Saying

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"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, London

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781436265584
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 965,658
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Sir Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) was a British travel writer born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    A great testament to a past era

    Wilfred Thesiger traveled among the Marsh Arabs in Iraq and gives a fair and honest testimonial about his experiences and feelings. While not white washing everything about the people he is always fair and the reader is left with a feeling of respect for them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 12, 2011

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