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The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels

The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0375757538
  • Category: History
  • Page: 292
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In a critically acclaimed travelogue first published in 1934, the author recounts her adventures traveling alone through the Middle East in 1927 and her odyssey through remote areas of Persia, including a visit to the hidden castle of local outlaws. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels

The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0375757538
  • Category: History
  • Page: 292
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Passionate Nomad

Passionate Nomad

The Life of Freya Stark

  • Author: Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0375757465
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 410
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A penetrating portrait of one of the last great female adventurers chronicles the life of Freya Stark, a British woman whose career as a writer and explorer led her into the remote regions of the Islamic world during the first half of the twentieth century. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

The Southern Gates Of Arabia - A Journey In The Hadbramaut

The Southern Gates Of Arabia - A Journey In The Hadbramaut

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Read Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 1447497708
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 440
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Baghdad Sketches

Baghdad Sketches

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • ISBN: 9780810160231
  • Category: History
  • Page: 176
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In the fall of 1928, Freya Stark, a thirty-five-year-old Englishwoman, set out on her first journey to the Middle East. Bolstered by a command of Arabic, a fair knowledge of Farsi, and an irrepressible drive that would characterize her more than five decades as a traveler and explorer, Stark spent most of the next four years in Iraq and Persia. Stark traveled alone throughout some of the wilder areas of the Middle East at a time when this area was gaining new worldwide importance. For Stark, risk-taking was the essence of a life worth living: while never hunting out danger for its own sake, she nevertheless viewed her travels as a way of expressing her freedom. Such views make her essays as fresh and startling today as when they were written.

A Winter in Arabia: A Journey Through Yemen

A Winter in Arabia: A Journey Through Yemen

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • ISBN: 1468302345
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 326
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One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine. A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first-rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist. There, in the land whose "nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor," she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city. Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil-the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the "perpetual charm of Arabia ... that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being."

Perseus In The Wind

Perseus In The Wind

A Life of Travel

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 1780762402
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 184
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Focuses on the seasons; the effect light has on a landscape at a particular time of day; the smell of the earth after rain; Muslim saints, Indian temples, war and old age. This title deals with themes such as: Happiness (simple pleasures, like the author's father's passion for the view from his cabin in Canada); and, more.

The Lycian Shore

The Lycian Shore

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 1848853122
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 218
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A classic history of the region on the southwestern coast of Turkey also explores its mythological prominence and popularity as a modern travel destination, documenting the late author's 1950's boat tour during which she made first-person observations of Lycia's rich cultural heritage. Reprint.

Rome on the Euphrates

Rome on the Euphrates

The Story of a Frontier

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 1848853149
  • Category: History
  • Page: 528
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A detailed account of famed travel writer Freya Stark's journey through the Mediterranean

The Minaret of Djam

The Minaret of Djam

An Excursion in Afghanistan

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 1848853130
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 168
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The twelfth-century minaret of Djam is one of Afghanistan's most celebrated treasures, a magnificent symbol of the powerful Ghorid Empire that once stretched from Iran to India. The second talles brick minaret in the world, Djam lies in the heart of central Afghanistan's wild Ghor Province.

The Zodiac Arch

The Zodiac Arch

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 1780766882
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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With such tantalising chapters as "In Defence of Smuggling" and "Lunch with Homer" this witty, eye-opening tapestry of writings on travel and a life spent as one of the 20th century's most formidable adventuresses is Freya Stark at her luminous best. In chronological order, spanning an extraordinary 50 years, from 1919 to 1967, Stark's writings range from eloquent musings on the nature of travel, of being a woman - both writer and explorer - in what was then predominantly a male world and jewel-bright stories from across the world - Arabia to North Africa, Iran and India - that captivate the reader with every sentence. There are romantic picnics under starlit skies on remote islands, meaningful moments of quiet in Mecca and Jerusalem and heartfelt accounts of encounters with a kaleidoscope of people. The Zodiac Arch resurrects many lost worlds, but it is also a lodestar for all those under the spell of wanderlust.

Ionia a Quest

Ionia a Quest

  • Author: Freya Stark
  • Publisher: Andesite Press
  • ISBN: 9781297827808
  • Category:
  • Page: 352
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The Assassins

The Assassins

  • Author: Bernard Lewis
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0786724552
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
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The Assassins is a comprehensive, readable, and authoritative account of history's first terrorists. An offshoot of the Ismaili Shi'ite sect of Islam, the Assassins were the first group to make systematic use of murder as a political weapon. Established in Iran and Syria in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, they aimed to overthrow the existing Sunni order in Islam and replace it with their own. They terrorized their foes with a series of dramatic murders of Islamic leaders, as well as of some of the Crusaders, who brought their name and fame back to Europe.Professor Lewis traces the history of this radical group, studying its teachings and its influence on Muslim thought. Particularly insightful in light of the rise of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. and in Israel, this account of the Assassins--whose name is now synonymous with politically motivated murderers--places recent events in historical perspective and sheds new light on the fanatic mind.

The Road to Oxiana

The Road to Oxiana

  • Author: Robert Byron
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780195030679
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 292
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In 1933 the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana -the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. His arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, although a wonder in itself, it not nearly so amazing as the thoroughly captivating, at times zany, record of his adventures. In addition to its entertainment value, The Road to Oxiana also serves as a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travellers. When Paul Fussell "rediscovered" The Road to Oxiana in his recent book Abroad, he whetted the appetite of a whole new generation of readers. In his new introduction, written especially for this volume, Fussell writes: "Reading the book is like stumbling into a modern museum of literary kinds presided over by a benign if eccentric curator. Here armchair travellers will find newspaper clippings, public signs and notices, official forms, letters, diary entries, essays on current politics, lyric passages, historical and archaeological dissertations, brief travel narratives (usually of comic-awful delays and disasters), and--the triumph of the book--at least twenty superb comic dialogues, some of them virtually playlets, complete with stage directions and musical scoring."

Mirrors of the Unseen

Mirrors of the Unseen

Journeys in Iran

  • Author: Jason Elliot
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1466837829
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 432
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In our current climate of war and suspicion, Iran is depicted as the "next" rogue nation that America and the world must "deal with." But the rhetoric about nuclear weapons and jihad obscures the real Iran: an ancient nation and culture, both sophisticated and isolated, which still exists clandestinely in major cities as well as the country's remote mountains and deserts. Jason Elliot has spent the last four years traveling in Iran, and in this remarkable book he reveals the many sides of the culture, art, architecture, and people that Westerners cannot see or conveniently ignore. Part close reading of symbols and images, part history, and part intimate interviews with Iranians of many different kinds—from wealthy aristocrats at forbidden parties to tribal horsemen in the most remote mountain villages, who have never seen a Westerner—Mirrors of the Unseen is a beautiful and thought-provoking book by one of the world's most acclaimed adventurers and authors.

The Castles of the Assassins

The Castles of the Assassins

  • Author: Peter Willey
  • Publisher: Linden Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 328
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Offers a detailed account of the Alamut Valley expedition in 1960 which recorded the social and archaeological history of the castles and valley which were inhabited by the secret society of the Assassins in the early twelfth century.