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Arabia: Through the Looking Glass

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Arabia: Through the Looking Glass

Arabia: Through the Looking Glass by Jonathan Raban
English | June 21st, 2018 | ISBN: 1780601395 | 312 Pages | EPUB | 0.59 MB

Intrigued by the Arabs, dressed in floor-length robes and yashmaks, who began holidaying in London after the 1970s oil boom, Raban wanted to discover the reality of their home lives and world view. His quest took him through Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan.

What he discovered was a far cry from the camel, tent and sand-dune archetypes of early European explorers. Oil wealth had seeped into almost every corner, and Bedouin encampments had been replaced by cosmopolitan boomtowns, camels by Range Rovers. The sons of Bedouin nomads were now studying medicine in Europe and engineering in New York. Yet in this fast-moving world, old certainties remained.

Raban’s gift for friendship gives us a series of affectionate individual encounters which collectively create a true and invaluable picture of Arabian society.

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