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The Syrian desert : caravans, travel and exploration

Author: Christina Phelps Harris
Publisher: London ; New York : Kegan Paul, New York : Distributed by Columbia University Press 2003.
Series: Kegan Paul Arabia library.
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This historical overview is a well informed and readable account of an area of the world which has been and is now more than ever a significant geographical location in the Middle East--both culturally and commercially. Topics covered include the bedouin trouble in the area, their origins and organization, ancient and medieval trade, early travelers, accounts of the important Alter of Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad, Al  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Harris, Christina Phelps, 1902-1972.
Syrian desert
(OCoLC)52145116
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Phelps Harris
ISBN: 9781136192715 1136192719
OCLC Number: 858282380
Notes: Facsim. of ed. published: London: A. & C. Black, 1937.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 410 pages, 18 unnumbered pages leaves of plates) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Cover; THE SYRIAN DESERT: CARAVANS, TRAVEL AND EXPLORATION; Copyright; CONTENTS; CHAPTER I THE SYRIAN DESERT AND ITS INHABITANTS; 1 PROLOGUE; 2 GEOGRAPHY OF THE SYRIAN DESERT; 3 BEDUIN TRIBES, THEIR ORIGINS AND ORGANIZATION; CHAPTER II CHANNELS OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL TRADE; 1 SYRIAN DESERT ROUTES; 2 THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF CARAVAN TRAVEL BETWEEN SYRIA AND MESOPOTAMIA; CHAPTER III TRAVELLERS AND EXPLORERS OF THE SYRIAN DESERT; 1 EARLY TRAVELLERS; 2 FOUR GREAT CITIES OF SYRIA AND MESOPOTAMIA: DAMASCUS, ALEPPO, BAGHDAD AND BASRA. 3 travellers of the eighteenth century, and explorers of the nineteenth and twentieth centurieschapter iv the merchant caravans; 1 the great caravans of mecca in the seventh century; 2 the annual caravans which traded between syria and mesopotamia from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries; 3 desert commerce and caravan trade; 4 tolls, custom dues and the exactions of the beduin; 5 status of merchant caravans in the twentieth century; chapter v eighteenth-century travel across the desert; 1 the four principal routes at the disposal of the traveller. 2 methods and manner of transport across the desertchapter vi private caravans of the great desert route; 1 routine of travel and daily incidents; 2 desert landmarks, and itinerary of the route; 3 difficulties and dangers of the desert crossing. advice to travellers; chapter vii the great ""hajj"" caravans; 1 the islamic pilgrimage; 2 the organization of the pilgrim caravans; chapter viii eleven centuries of postal service; 1 the ""berid"" of the abbasid and mamluk periods; 2 the ""tatars"" of the ottoman empire, and the pigeon post; 3 the british dromedary post. Chapter ix the era of mechanical transport1 the euphrates expedition; 2 railway plans and projects; 3 the establishment of motor transport; 4 the air services; 5 the desert pipe-lines of the iraq petroleum company; appendices; appendix 1 arabic transliteration; appendix 2 glossary of arabic words and names; appendix 3 geographical glossary; appendix 4 table of moneys and exchange; appendix 5 selected bibliography; i.-useful general bibliographies and encyclopaedias; ii.-histories of exploration and travel collections; iii. --
maps; iv.-primary sources; v. -secondary sources. Vi.-periodical material(a): magazines and journals; (b): newspapers; appendix 6 notes on sources; index.
Series Title: Kegan Paul Arabia library.
Responsibility: Christina Phelps Grant.

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This historical overview is a well informed and readable account of an area of the world which has been and is now more than ever a significant geographical location in the Middle East--both culturally and commercially. Topics covered include the bedouin trouble in the area, their origins and organization, ancient and medieval trade, early travelers, accounts of the important Alter of Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad, Al Wasera, the caravan, state, private, the hajj, and much more.

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