Marsh Arabs

ISBN-10: 0141442085
ISBN-13: 9780141442082
Edition: 2007
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Description: During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraqlong before they were almost completely wiped out by Saddam HusseinWilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire, and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Traveling  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraqlong before they were almost completely wiped out by Saddam HusseinWilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire, and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Traveling from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicine and treating the sick. In this account of a nearly lost civilization, he pays tribute to the hospitality, loyalty, courage, and endurance of the people, and describes their impressive reed houses, the waterways and lakes teeming with wildlife, the herding of buffalo and hunting of wild boar, moments of tragedy, and moments of pure comedy in vivid, engaging detail.

Jon Lee Anderson (born January 15, 1957) is a biographer, author, international investigative reporter, and staff writer for The New Yorker, reporting from war zone locales such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Israel, El Salvador, Ireland, Lebanon, Iran, and throughout the Middle East. Anderson has also written for The New York Times, Harper's, Life, and The Nation. Anderson is renowned for his numerous profiles of political leaders, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Augusto Pinochet. Anderson is also the author of the best-selling and definitive 800 + page biography of the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Entitled Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, it was first published in 1997. While researching the book in Bolivia, he discovered the hidden location of Guevara's burial from where his skeletal remains were exhumed in 1997 and returned to Cuba.

List of maps
Introduction
Chief Characters
Preface
A glimpse of the Marshes
Back on the edge of the Marshes
Hunting wild boar
Arrival at Qabab
First impressions of the Madan
In Sadam's guest house
Bu Mughaifat: a Marsh village
Crossing the Central Marshes
In the heart of the Marshes
The historical background
Winning acceptance
Among the Fartus
Feuds in the Marshes
Return to Qabab
Falih Bin Majid
Falih's death
The mourning ceremony
The Eastern Marshes
Among the Sudan and the Suaid
Amara's family
1954: the Flood
1955: the Drought
Berbera and Mudhifs
Amara's blood feud
My last year in the Marshes
Glossary
Index

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