The Sahara: A Cultural History

The Sahara: A Cultural History

by Eamonn Gearon
     
 

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The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth. Replete with myths and fictions, it is a wild land, dotted with oases and camel trains trudging through sand dunes that roll like the waves on a sea, as far as the distant horizon. But this is just part of the picture.… See more details below

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The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth. Replete with myths and fictions, it is a wild land, dotted with oases and camel trains trudging through sand dunes that roll like the waves on a sea, as far as the distant horizon. But this is just part of the picture. The largest desert in the world, the Sahara ranges from the river Nile running through Egypt and Sudan in the east, to the Atlantic coast from Morocco to Mauritania in the west; stretching from the Atlas Mountains and the shores of the Mediterranean in the north, to the fluid Sahelian fringe that delineates the desert in the south.

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"A succinct and successful summary of the past, present and future of this surprisingly busy desert." —Michael Palin

"Gearon is the rare writer who uses humor and grace to tell the most humanistic of tales -that of a land with a history of both indigenous and foreign seekers, merchants, and poets... His tale goes beyond the simple charm of travel writing and rises beyond facile orientalist stereotypes." —International Social Science Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199861958
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/09/2011
Series:
Landscapes of the Imagination Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,032,442
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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