The Marsh Arabs.

Thesiger, Wilfred.

Book ID: 7570

ISBN:      0713910496


8vo. 233 pp., 3 maps, 110 b/w plates, cloth in clipped d/w, glossary, index, copy in very good condition, Allen Lane, London, 1977.


Wilfred Thesiger’s classic account of the eight years he spent living with the tribes people of the Marshes of Iraq. First published in 1964 to great acclaim, this book by one of the century’s greatest explorers describes a way of life which lasted for thousands of years, but has now all but vanished. Traveling with his medicine boxes between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Thesiger visited nearly every village in the Central Marshes and came to know intimately the people who inhabit this landscape of islands, lakes and waterways, living with them in their reed houses and sharing their unique way of life. He beautifully evokes the landscape and its teeming wildlife and vividly brings to life the many friends he made among the Marsh Arabs. His extraordinary photographs provide a stunning record of the last remnants of a people and their culture.

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