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Inhaltsangabe: For certain Englishmen the Arabian desert and its inhabitants have always exercised a powerful fascination that has at times become an obsession. By the early nineteenth century, a tradition of writing about the Arabs was flourishing and Arabia had become 'a land whose name could evoke haunting echoes of the unconscious mind ... a country of the mind more real than any place on a map'. Looking at the lives of the four most influential Victorian writers on Arabia - Richard Burton, Gifford Palgrave, Wilfrid Blunt and Charles Doughty - as well as exploring the legend of T.E. Lawrence, Kathryn Tidrick reveals how these lonely figures merged into a collective image of the Englishman adventuring in desert lands, pushing himself to the limits of physical and mental endurance, surviving and prevailing because he understood the natives better than they understood themselves - an image that lent powerful support to imperial pretensions and formed the basis of western understanding of Arabia for generations to come. Riveting and revealing, 'Heart Beguiling Araby' tells the story of a deep and lasting obsession and its effect on the very different men who experienced it. 'A book of remarkable readability, of understanding and interpretation without cynicism.' - Geoffrey Grigson, Country Life; 'Teems with ideas, expressed in a firm muscular style that never once lets her down... develops her themes with skill, perception and considerable élan.' - John Julius Norwich, Punch; 'An outstanding study on the myth of England's special relationship with the Arabs.' - Robert Harbinson, Irish Press; '...superlative, subtle and profoundly illuminating...written in a wonderfully lucid, jargon-free style, proving that good, clear, elegant English can still be a vehicle for new perceptions, new approaches and new discoveries.' - Christopher J. Walker, Middle East International; 'Kathryn Tidrick's entertaining and well-written study provides ample support for [Edward] Said's argument that 'knowledge equals power' and can be made to serve its ends.' - London Review; 'This is a lively well-written and stimulating book and deserves a place on the library shelf of anyone interested in Britain's moment in the Middle East.' - Molly Izzard, Arabia Islamic World Review; 'For the reader interested in the relationship between the British and the Arabs, Tidrick's book is just the work to read. It is a fascinating story and she tells it elegantly.' - The Jerusalem Post Magazine

Rezension: 'A captivating analysis of the Englishmen whose writings on the inhabitants of the Arabian desert enhanced what the author rightly terms a 'powerful imperial myth'. Her analysis of where reality failed to match up to fantasy is cool and compelling.' --The Economist

'Entertaining and well written.' --Malise Ruthven, London Review of Books

'The attraction of the Middle East for the English upper-middle-class is carefully - and amusingly - analysed.' --Richard Trench, The Middle East

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Verlag: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd Nov 2009 (2009)
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Buchbeschreibung I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd Nov 2009, 2009. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 197x132x18 mm. Neuware - What is it about Arabia and her people that has exercised such a powerful allure on generations of English travellers and explorers 'A land whose name could evoke haunting echoes of the unconscious . a country of the mind more real than any place on a map' had, by the Victorian era, become a deep and lasting obsession for some of the greatest writers and explorers of the time. Here are the stories of some of those men, iconic figures like T.E. Lawrence and Richard Burton, whose extraordinary relationships with and explorations of Arabia changed the way we now perceive the Arab world and formed the basis of the West's understanding of the region. Riveting and beautifully-portrayed, 'Heart Beguiling Araby' reveals how these ultimately lonely figures pushed themselves to the limits of physical and mental endurance, surviving and prevailing in a land that had captivated them, thus binding their legends to its sweeping deserts and ancient tribes for generations to come. 256 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781848851467

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