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In a Sea of Knowledge

British Arabists in the 20th Century

By (author) Leslie J. McLoughlin
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd, Reading, United Kingdom
Imprint: Ithaca Press
Published: 1st Jan 1999
Dimensions: w 160mm h 243mm d 26mm
Weight: 844g
ISBN-10: 0863722881
ISBN-13: 9780863722882
Barcode No: 9780863722882
No country on earth can match the United Kingdom for the concentration of Arab-world expertise and for opportunities to study the Arabs and the Arabic language. How did this come about? This study looks at the remarkable story of British Arabists from 1900 to the new millennium. Lawrence of Arabia is examined and so is Abdullah Philby (the father of the spy Kim), and the lady who knew them both well, Gertrude Bell. Women Arabists appear at many stages of the story as do an extraordinary range of characters, from diplomats and archaeologists to journalists and explorers. After examining the roles of British Arabists throughout the century, the author provides much food for thought by showing how closely involved Arabs and Muslims have become in British life in the third millennium.

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