Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea

Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea

by Gertrude Bell

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Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea by Gertrude Bell

When Gertrude Bell’s uncle was appointed Minister in Tehran in 1891, she declared that the great ambition of her life was to visit Persia. Several months later, she did. And so began a lifetime of travel and a lifelong enchantment with what she saw as the romance of the East, which evolved into a deep understanding of its cultures and people. Originally published in 1894, and then reprinted in 2005, this updated edition features a new foreword by acclaimed author Janet Wallach of Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell . The vivid and impressionistic series of sketches within presents an evocative meditation that moves between Persia’s heroic past and its long decline. From the vantage of Tehran, Bell explores the otherworldly “secret, mysterious life of the East”—the lives of its women and its lush, enclosed gardens—from the bustling cities to the lonely wastelands of Khorasan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780766928
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 803,173
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gertrude Bell, CBE (1868–1926) was a writer, traveler, political officer, archaeologist, and spy who traveled extensively throughout Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T.E. Lawrence, Bell helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. She played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, using the perspective gained from her travels and relations with tribal leaders in the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

I An Eastern City 1

II The Tower of Silence 13

III In Praise of Gardens 19

IV The King of Merchants 29

V The Imam Hussein 35

VI The Shadow of Death 45

VII Dwellers in Tents 55

VIII Three Noble Ladies 63

IX The Treasure of the King 73

X Sheikh Hassan 83

XI A Persian Host 95

XII A Stage and a Half 103

XIII A Bridle-Path 111

XIV Two Palaces 123

XV The Month of Fasting 135

XVI Requiescant in Pace 145

XVII The City of King Prusias 157

XVIII Shops and Shopkeepers 165

XIX A Murray of the First Century 175

XX Travelling Companions 185

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