Arabian Sands (Used)


Author: Wilfred Thesiger

9780140095142 | PB | pp. 350 | 1964 | Penguin Books | Used

Arabian Sands chronicles Wilfred Thesiger’s journeys around the Rub Al Khali, with expansive sand dunes, just before modernisation brought a huge change.

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Arabian Sands describes the journeys Wilfred Thesiger made in and around the Empty Quarter from 1945 to 1950, at which time much of that region had not yet been seen by a European. He returned to Arabia in 1977 at the invitation of the Oman Government and Emir Zayid of Abu Dhabi.

Even before he left Arabia in 1950, the Iraq Petroleum Company had started to search for oil in the territories of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. They soon discovered it in enormous quantities, and as a result the life as is have described in this book disappeared for ever. Here, as elsewhere in Arabia, the changes which occurred in the space of a decade or two were as great as those which occurred in Britain between the early Middle Ages and the present day.

This book is therefore a memorial to a vanished past, one with a very different way of life.

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Wilfred Thesiger







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United Kingdom

About the Author

Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa in 1910 and educated at Eton and Oxford where he got his blue for boxing. In 1935 he joined the Sudan Political Service and, at the outbreak of war, was seconded to the Sudan Defence Force. He later served in Abyssinia, Syria, and with the S.A.S. in the Western Desert, and was awarded the D.S.O. Since the war he has travelled in Southern Arabia, Kurdistan, the Marshes of Iraq, the Hindu Kush, the Karakorams, Morocco, Abyssinia, Kenya and Tanganyika, always on foot or with animal transport. For his journeys he has received the Founder’s Gold Medal from the Royal Geographical Society, the Lawrence of Arabia Medal from the Royal Central Asian Society, the Livingstone Gold Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and the Burton Memorial Medal from the Royal Asiatic Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy. In 1968 he received the C.B.E. and he has also been awarded the Third Class Star of Ethiopia.


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