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Yemen : the unknown Arabia

Author: Tim Mackintosh-Smith; Martin Yeoman
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2001, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Yemen is arguably the most fascinating and least known country in the Arab world. Long regarded by classical geographers as a fabulous land where flying serpents guarded sacred incense groves, our current ideas of this country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula have been hijacked -- by images of the desert, by oil, by the Gulf War. But, as Tim Mackintosh-Smith reminds us with this brilliant book, there is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Tim Mackintosh-Smith; Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Mackintosh-Smith; Martin Yeoman
ISBN: 1585671398 9781585671397
OCLC Number: 49396848
Awards: Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
Description: xi, 280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Hard by heaven --
People far off --
Down to the gate of the She-Camel --
Gorgeous and disorderly --
Emerald, amber, carnelian --
Dugong City --
Visiting the underworld --
True ancient naturals --
Venus and Mars.
Responsibility: Tim Mackintosh-Smith ; with etchings by Martin Yeoman.

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Yemen is arguably the most fascinating and least known country in the Arab world. Long regarded by classical geographers as a fabulous land where flying serpents guarded sacred incense groves, our current ideas of this country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula have been hijacked -- by images of the desert, by oil, by the Gulf War. But, as Tim Mackintosh-Smith reminds us with this brilliant book, there is another Arabia. Mackintosh-Smith writes with an intimacy and depth of knowledge gained through thirteen years among the Yemenis. Crossing mountain, desert, ocean and three millennia of history, he portrays a land where men chew leaves and camels live on fish; where men wear pinstriped lounge-suit jackets on top, skirts below, and wicked curved daggers in the middle; a city that seems to have been baked, not built, of iced gingerbread. In this book, Yemen is part of Arabia, but it is like no place else on Earth.

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