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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.

Passionate Nomad

Passionate Nomad

The Life of Freya Stark

  • Author: Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • ISBN: 0307756858
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 448
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With the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, a legend was launched. Freya Stark had begun the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her, though distinctly unglamorous, as the last of the great travelers. Hailed as a classic, the book chronicled her travels in remote and dangerous regions of the Middle East, inspiring Lawrence of Arabia to call the audacious, ambitious Freya "a gallant creature." Her reputation had begun in 1927, when she was captured by French military police after penetrating their cordon around the rebellious Druze. She explored the mountainous territory of the mysterious Assassins of Persia, became the first woman to explore Luristan in western Iran, and followed the ancient frankincense routes to locate a lost city. At first a thorn in the side of the British colonial establishment for consorting with "wogs," Freya was later extravagantly admired by officialdom. Her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages and life aided the military and diplomatic corps, for whom she conceived an effective propaganda network during World War II. Throughout her long life--she died in 1993, over a hundred years old, having been knighted at age eighty-two by the Queen--she rejoiced in the attentions of the press and of her audiences. In private she remarked that she put herself in harm's way in order not to fear death. Her indomitable spirit was forged by contradictions. A child of privilege, she grew up in near poverty after her mother rashly allied herself with an Italian count in a rug manufacturing venture. She yearned for a formal education but was largely self-taught, mastering seven languages. She longed for love but consistently focused on the wrong men. She was thirty-four before she extricated herself from her family and embarked on the travels that would make her reputation. Her astonishing career lasted over sixty years, during which she produced twenty-two books unmatched for perception and poetic prose. This is a brilliant, balanced biography, rich in sheikhs, diplomats, nomad warriors and chieftains, generals, would-be lovers, and luminaries, with author Jane Fletcher Geniesse digging beneath the mythology to uncover a complex, quixotic, and controversial woman. From the Hardcover edition.

In Spuren reisen

In Spuren reisen

Vor-Bilder und Vor-Schriften in der Reiseliteratur

  • Author: Gisela Ecker,Susanne Röhl
  • Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
  • ISBN: 9783825879938
  • Category: Travel writing
  • Page: 237
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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.

Land of the Turquoise Mountains

Land of the Turquoise Mountains

Journeys Across Iran

  • Author: Cyrus Massoudi
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 0857736043
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 256
  • View: 1981
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For Cyrus Massoudi, a young Britishborn Iranian, the country his parents were forced to flee thirty years ago was a place wholly unknown to him. Wanting to make sense of his roots and piece together the divided, divisive and deeply contradictory puzzle that is contemporary Iran, he embarked on a series of journeys that spanned hundreds of miles and thousands of years through the many ebbs and flows of Iranian history. From the border with Turkey to that of Turkmenistan, from the Caspian basin down to the Persian Gulf, his journeys took him from the mythological first kings of Iran, to the Elamite kingdom, the eras of Cyrus and Darius, the glory of the Sasanians, the shock of the Islamic Arab conquests and the later Mongols, Safavids and on to Khomeini, Ahmadinejad and beyond. Rich portrayals of Sufis and ageing aristocrats, smugglers and underground rock bands are all woven together with history, religion and mythology to form a unique portrait of contemporary Iranian society. And, like a fragile thread running through the heart of the narrative lies Massoudi’s poignant personal quest; his struggle echoing that of Iran itself, as it fights to forge a cohesive modern identity. With its tensions of young against old, reformists against reactionaries and the computer against the Qur’an, it is a battle with global implications for a future that is poised so precariously between promise and ruin. Land of the Turquoise Mountains reveals a world beyond the propaganda-driven, mediafuelled image of fractious, flag-burning fundamentalism, and provides a compelling glimpse both into the heart of a deeply misunderstood nation and into what it is to seek out and discover one’s heritage.

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.

The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing

The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing

  • Author: Tim Youngs
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 110724434X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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Critics have long struggled to find a suitable category for travelogues. From its ancient origins to the present day, the travel narrative has borrowed elements from various genres - from epic poetry to literary reportage - in order to evoke distant cultures and exotic locales, and sometimes those closer to hand. Tim Youngs argues in this lucid and detailed Introduction that travel writing redefines the myriad genres it comprises and is best understood on its own terms. To this end, Youngs surveys some of the most celebrated travel literature from the medieval period until the present, exploring themes such as the quest motif, the traveler's inner journey, postcolonial travel and issues of gender and sexuality. The text culminates in a chapter on twenty-first-century travel writing and offers predictions about future trends in the genre, making this Introduction an ideal guide for today's students, teachers and travel writing enthusiasts.

History of Islamic Political Thought

History of Islamic Political Thought

  • Author: Antony Black
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748688781
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 400
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Second edition of the history of Islamic political thought that traces its roots from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2010 AD).

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 Castles of the Assassins

The Castles of the Assassins

  • Author: Peter Willey
  • Publisher: Linden Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 328
  • View: 3802
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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.

Ich bin Malala

Ich bin Malala

Das Mädchen, das die Taliban erschießen wollten, weil es für das Recht auf Bildung kämpft

  • Author: Malala Yousafzai
  • Publisher: Droemer eBook
  • ISBN: 3426424231
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 400
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Am 9. Oktober 2012 wird die junge Pakistanerin Malala Yousafzai auf ihrem Schulweg überfallen und niedergeschossen. Die Fünfzehnjährige hatte sich den Taliban widersetzt, die Mädchen verbieten, zur Schule zu gehen. Wie durch ein Wunder kommt Malala mit dem Leben davon. Als im Herbst 2013 ihr Buch "Ich bin Malala" erscheint, ist die Resonanz enorm: Weltweit wird über ihr Schicksal berichtet. Im Juli 2013 hält sie eine beeindruckende Rede vor den Vereinten Nationen. Barack Obama empfängt sie im Weißen Haus, und im Dezember erhält sie den Sacharow-Preis für geistige Freiheit, verliehen vom Europäischen Parlament. Malala Yousafzai lebt heute mit ihrer Familie in England, wo sie wieder zur Schule geht. Malala Yousafzai wird mit dem Friedensnobelpreis 2014 ausgezeichnet. »Dieses Memoir unterstreicht ihre besten Eigenschaften. Ihren Mut und ihre Entschlossenheit kann man nur bewundern. Ihr Hunger nach Bildung und Neugestaltung ist authentisch. Sie wirkt so unschuldig, und da ist diese unverwüstliche Zuversicht. Sie spricht mit einem solchen Gewicht, dass man vergisst, dass Malala erst 16 ist.« The Times »Niemand hat das Recht auf Bildung so knapp, so einprägsam und überzeugend zusammengefasst wie Malala Yousafzai, die tapferste Schülerin der Welt.« Berliner Zeitung »Der mutigste Teenager der Welt« Bild »Bewegend erzählt Malala Yousafzai ihr Schicksal.« Brigitte

West Meets East

West Meets East

Klassiker Der Britischen Orient-Reiseliteratur

  • Author: Christoph Bode
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 234
  • View: 3980
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Explorers

Explorers

Tales of Endurance and Exploration

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • ISBN: 1405365706
  • Category: History
  • Page: 360
  • View: 1963
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An epic visual guide to the most intrepid explorers in history Go on an extraordinary adventure with some of the world's greatest explorers - from Pytheas to Darwin. Written accounts in the explorers' own words, together with beautiful illustrations from their journals, tell the stories of their extraordinary adventures while special maps show the explorers' routes into the unknown. Unique "visual tours" along with never-seen-before photography of essential kits and equipment recreate some of history's greatest expeditions, their discoveries and why they ended in triumph or tragedy. Now available in ebook(PDF) format.

Alexander von Humboldt und die Erfindung der Natur

Alexander von Humboldt und die Erfindung der Natur

  • Author: Andrea Wulf
  • Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641195500
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 560
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Was hat Alexander von Humboldt, der vor mehr als 150 Jahren starb, mit Klimawandel und Nachhaltigkeit zu tun? Der Naturforscher und Universalgelehrte, nach dem nicht nur unzählige Straßen, Pflanzen und sogar ein »Mare« auf dem Mond benannt sind, hat wie kein anderer Wissenschaftler unser Verständnis von Natur als lebendigem Ganzen, als Kosmos, in dem vom Winzigsten bis zum Größten alles miteinander verbunden ist und dessen untrennbarer Teil wir sind, geprägt. Die Historikerin Andrea Wulf stellt in ihrem vielfach preisgekrönten – so auch mit dem Bayerischen Buchpreis 2016 – Buch Humboldts Erfindung der Natur, die er radikal neu dachte, ins Zentrum ihrer Erkundungsreise durch sein Leben und Werk. Sie folgt den Spuren des begnadeten Netzwerkers und zeigt, dass unser heutiges Wissen um die Verwundbarkeit der Erde in Humboldts Überzeugungen verwurzelt ist. Ihm heute wieder zu begegnen, mahnt uns, seine Erkenntnisse endlich zum Maßstab unseres Handelns zu machen – um unser aller Überleben willen.

Raumerfahrung in der klassischen Moderne

Raumerfahrung in der klassischen Moderne

Grossstadt, Reisen, Wahrnehmungssinnlichkeit und Geschlecht in englischen Erzähltexten

  • Author: Natascha Würzbach
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783884768235
  • Category: Body, Human, in literature
  • Page: 221
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Aufbruch und Abenteuer

Aufbruch und Abenteuer

Frauen-Reisen um die Welt ab 1785

  • Author: Lydia Potts,Uta Fleischmann,Marianne Kriszio
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Women explorers
  • Page: 249
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Das Tao des Reisens

Das Tao des Reisens

  • Author: Paul Theroux
  • Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
  • ISBN: 3455180094
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 200
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Mit Nabokov in der Eisenbahn, mit Graham Greene auf der Flucht vor giftigen Spinnen und mit Chatwin auf Wanderschaft - Das »Tao des Reisens« ist die Quintessenz aus den Erlebnissen und Einsichten reisender Schriftsteller. Theroux untersucht den Inhalt von Reisegepäck, durchleuchtet das Gefühl des Fremdseins und probiert unangenehm exotische Gerichte. Dabei kommen in diesem philosophischen Handbuch auch imaginäre Reisen nicht zu kurz - denn letztlich lässt sich lesend genauso gut die Welt erkunden. Paul Therouxs Grundsätze des Reisens: 1. Verlass dein Zuhause 2. Reise alleine 3. Reise mit leichtem Gepäck 4. Nimm eine Landkarte mit 5. Reise auf dem Landweg 6. Geh zu Fuß über eine Grenze 7. Führe ein Reisetagebuch 8. Lies einen Roman, der nichts mit dem Ort zu tun hat, an dem du dich befindest 9. Wenn du schon ein Handy dabei hast, vermeide wenigstens, es zu benutzen 10. Finde einen Freund