The Southern Gates Of Arabia A Journey In The Hadbramaut

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781447497707
Release Date: 2013-04-16
Genre: Travel

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Freya Stark in Southern Arabia

Author: Malise Ruthven
Publisher: Garnet Publishing
ISBN: STANFORD:36105070237958
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

The magnificent canyons of Wadi Hadhramaut inspired Freya Stark to produce some of her best photographs. Dame Freya's particular empathy with local people resulted in charming pictures of people she worked or travelled with, and the homes and costumes of the period.

A Winter in Arabia A Journey Through Yemen

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781468302349
Release Date: 2011-03-23
Genre: Travel

One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine. A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first-rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist. There, in the land whose "nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor," she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city. Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil-the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the "perpetual charm of Arabia ... that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being."

A Winter in Arabia

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781468302349
Release Date: 2011-03-23
Genre: Travel

A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first-rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist. There, in the land whose "nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor," she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city. Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil-the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the "perpetual charm of Arabia ... that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being."

Great Women Travel Writers

Author: Alba della Fazia Amoia
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826416837
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Travel

Travel is sacred. Travel is a quest. Travel is an escape. Travel is a passion! It is enlightening, a distraction, a novelty, a dream fulfilled. It may inspire joy, terror, longing – often, all three. Women explorers and travelers are a special breed. Some were also great writers, recording their cross-cultural impressions with stunning vividness, blending history, myth, technology, and poetic imagination. The 22 courageous women profiled in this book encircled the globe. Together, they form a grand tradition and speak to us today as never before – - Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839) left the comfort of England to wander through the Near East – never to return home, so deeply did she treasure her freedom - Fanny Lewald (1811-89) traveled through Europe and especially Italy to record its Risorgimento - Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922) traveled from India and lived through Western experiences that revamped her ideas - Daisy Bates (1859-1951), Irish to the roots, immersed herself in Australian Aboriginals - Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), dubbed Queen of the Desert, was the most powerful woman in Edwardian England - the Danish Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) made her mark in Africa - Anaïs Nin (1903-77) may be thought of as a mental traveler - Freya Stark (1893-1993) – knighted by Queen Elizabeth for her contribution to travel literature – lived among the Druze of Syria and in shades of our own time researched the deadly terrorist group of ancient Persian Assassins - Oriana Fallaci (1930- ) has literally covered the world - Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (1937- ), has surely traveled the farthest as the first woman in space A dozen other women who boldly crossed international barriers often to encounter the most patriarchal cultures of their time are focused on in this delightful book – a significant contribution to travel literature as well as to women’s studies.

The Lycian Shore

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781848853126
Release Date: 2011-09-30
Genre: Travel

A classic history of the region on the southwestern coast of Turkey also explores its mythological prominence and popularity as a modern travel destination, documenting the late author's 1950's boat tour during which she made first-person observations of Lycia's rich cultural heritage. Reprint.

Indigo in the Arab World

Author: Jenny Balfour-Paul
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136603242
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Social Science

The role indigo has played elsewhere has been fairly well documented, but in the case of the Arab world, little or no thorough investigation has been previously undertaken. Sets out to provide comprehensive coverage of the subject from its earliest history to the present day.

The Minaret of Djam

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781848853133
Release Date: 2010-11-30
Genre: Travel

The twelfth-century minaret of Djam is one of Afghanistan's most celebrated treasures, a magnificent symbol of the powerful Ghorid Empire that once stretched from Iran to India. The second talles brick minaret in the world, Djam lies in the heart of central Afghanistan's wild Ghor Province.

Baghdad Sketches

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781848856554
Release Date: 2011-05-10
Genre: Travel

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Alexander s Path

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781590209189
Release Date: 1990-03-09
Genre: Travel

“Magnificent...a brilliant and inspiring account of her journey along the coastline of Turkey and back into time.” (The Observer) This is the story of back-country Turkey, an area that even in the 20th century remains stubbornly tied to antiquity. The author traveled through it by truck and horseback, often alone. She reached places little visited and never written about. The country people welcomed her with generosity unrelated to their meager resources. She was traveling in time as well, and found significance in recalling the life of Alexander the Great. Twenty-two centuries ago he was the first to dream of a united world.

The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 9780375757532
Release Date: 2001
Genre: History

In a critically acclaimed travelogue first published in 1934, the author recounts her adventures traveling alone through the Middle East in 1927 and her odyssey through remote areas of Persia, including a visit to the hidden castle of local outlaws. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Adventurer s Handbook

Author: Mick Conefrey
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0230113265
Release Date: 2010-10-12
Genre: Sports & Recreation

What makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-confidence, curiosity, optimism, authority—and fund-raising ability. Though few of us will ever have to face a charging elephant, or survive solely on penguin stew, when it comes to project management, crisis aversion, or any number of everyday problems, there is much we can learn from the larger-than-life tales of the world's most famous adventurers. Here, award-winning documentarian Mick Conefrey pulls practical advice from their original diaries and logs, like how to survive an anaconda attack (wait until it has swallowed your legs, then reach down and cut its head off), and how to keep morale up (according to Ernest Shackleton, "A good laugh doesn't require any additional weight"). In addition to the wonderful characters and stories, this book offers many lessons on how to set sail without a clear path home. Answers to some important questions, courtesy of The Adventurer's Handbook: * How many corpses are believed to be on Mt. Everest? Answer: 120 * How is polar bear meat best prepared? Answer: Raw and frozen. * What do you do if attacked by a charging lion? Answer: Stand very still and stare it down. * What should you wear when crossing a desert? Answer: Lots of layers—fabric absorbs sweat and prolongs its cooling action.

Rome on the Euphrates

Author: Freya Stark
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781848853140
Release Date: 2012-07-17
Genre: History

A detailed account of famed travel writer Freya Stark's journey through the Mediterranean