Travellers to the Middle East from Burckhardt to Thesiger: An Anthology

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Geoffrey P. Nash
Anthem Press, 2009 - Literary Collections - 297 pages
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'Travellers to the Middle East from Burkhardt to Thesiger' is a compendious anthology of travellers' writings produced during the high tide of Britain's involvement in the Middle East. The anthology contains extracts from many of the canonical travel texts of the period, including passages by T. E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell and Robert Byron, as well as many more extracts from both female and male writers. The anthology is also enlivened by the broad geographical span covered, including descriptions of territories in the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Arabia and Persia.

Geoffrey Nash's introduction, notes and background material provide specialist historical analysis and biographical information informed by critical and theoretical perspectives relevant to the genre of travel writing. This anthology will satisfy the growing interest in the study of travel writing, in addition to offering the general reader valuable insights into British perceptions of the Middle East.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Introduction
xi
THE COMING OF EMPIRE 18001879
1
The Ottoman Empire and Egypt
3
David Urquhart The Spirit of the East
6
Alexander Kinglake Eathen
12
Eliot Warburton The Creation and the Cross
17
Harriett Martineau Eastern Life Present and Past
25
COLONIALISM AND RESISTANCE 18801950
137
Ottoman and Former Ottoman Territories
139
DG Hogarth A Wandering Scholar in the Levani
142
Mark Sykes DarulIslam
148
Charles Roden Buxton Turkey in Revolution
155
Grace Ellison An Englishwoman in a Turkish Haron
160
Bertram Thomas Arabia Felix
169
Wilfred Hodgkins Letters from Palestine 19321936
176

Robert Curzon Visits to Monasteries of the Land
31
Lucie Duff Gordon Letters from Egypt
37
Arabia
43
John Lewis Burckhardt Towels in Arabia
46
JR Wellsted Travels in Arabia
52
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to AlMadinah and Meccah
58
Narrative of a Years Journey Through Central and Eastern Arabia
65
A Pilgrimage to Nejd
73
Travels in Arabia Deserta
78
Persia
87
James Morier A Journey through Persia Armenia and Asia Minor
90
James Malcolm Sketches of Persia
99
James Ballie Fraser Travels in the Persian Provinces
105
WG Palgrave Narrative of a Years Journey Through Central and Eastern Narrative
114
Lady Sheil Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia
119
Austen Henry Layard Early Adventured in Persia
127
Arabia
185
Percy Cox Some Excursions in Oman
187
TE Lawrence Revolt in the Desert
199
Ameen Rihani The Southern Gates of Arabic
209
Freya Stark The Southern Gates of Arabic
219
Bertram Thomas Arabia Felix
227
Wilfred Thesiger Arabian Sands
236
PersianIran
243
George Nathaniel Curzon Persia and the Persia Question
246
EG Browne A Year Amongst the Persians
258
Gertrude Bell Persian Letters
269
Valentine Chirol The Middle East Question
275
Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana
280
Ella Maillart The Cruel Way
286
Bibliography
293
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Geoffrey P. Nash is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland. His research interests include Arab writing in English, and travel writing on the Middle East.

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