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The Marsh Arabs by Wilfred Thesiger

Title The Marsh Arabs
Author Wilfred Thesiger
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2007-10-25
Category Travel
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780141904436
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Travelling from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicines and treating the sick. In this account of his time there he pays tribute to the hospitality, loyalty, courage and endurance of the people, describes their impressive reed houses, the waterways and lakes teeming with wildlife, the herding of buffalo and hunting of wild boar, moments of tragedy and moments of pure comedy, all in vivid, engaging detail. Untouched by the modern world until recently, these independent people, their way of life and their surroundings have suffered widespread destruction under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Wilfred Thesiger's magnificent account of his time spent among them is a moving testament to their now threatened culture and the landscape they inhabit.

The Marsh Arabs by Wilfred Thesiger

Title The Marsh Arabs
Author Wilfred Thesiger
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 1985
Category Euphrates River Valley
Total Pages 233
ISBN UOM:39015010857673
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wilfred Thesiger's classic account of the eight years he spent living with the tribespeople of the Marshes of Iraq. First published in 1964 to great acclaim, this book by one of the century's greatest explorers describes a way of life which lasted for thousands of years, but has now all but vanished. Travelling with his medicine boxes and his teams of canoemen around the junction between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Thesiger visited nearly every village in the Central Marshes and came to know intimately the people who inhabit this landscape of islands, lakes and waterways, living with them in their reed houses and sharing their unique way of life. He beautifully evokes the landscape and its teeming wildlife and vividly brings to life the many friends he made among the Marsh Arabs. His extraordinary photographs provide a stunning record of the last remnants of a people and their culture.

Title The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs
Author Sam Kubba
Publisher Trans Pacific Press
Release Date 2011
Category History
Total Pages 286
ISBN 0863723330
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The people of the Iraqi Marshlands are heirs to a culture that can be traced back thousands of years, and prior to the 1970s (i.e. before they were systematically desiccated by Saddam Hussein), these marshes comprised the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East. It is also a site considered by many scholars as the inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden in the Bible and the Koran, as well as the site where the Great Flood occurred, and the birthplace of the patriarch Abraham. The Iraqi Marshlands are therefore an area of major significance in the history of the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs will be the definitive text for all those wishing to develop an in-depth understanding of a rich cultural legacy and lifestyle that survives today only as a fragmented cultural inheritance. The book clearly and compassionately illustrates how, until recent decades, the economy and lives of the Ma'dan (Marsh Arabs) that spans over five thousand years remained similar to the ancient practices of their Sumerian forbears, and how the current marsh dwellers with their impressive reed houses (mudhif) and long canoes (mashufs) are our only link with this rich cultural past. The book is also a moving testament to these forgotten people, whose habitats, villages and very lives were progressively snuffed out by the Iraqi government during the repressive reign of Saddam Hussein. It highlights precisely how and why Saddam methodically tried to destroy these wetlands, and explores the enormous international efforts now underway to restore them. Finally, the book also demonstrates the inevitable environmental consequences of Saddam's massive destruction of the marshes; the extinction of endagered species of birds, animals and plants that were endemic to the marshes and are found nowhere else.

Return To The Marshes by Gavin Young

Title Return to the Marshes
Author Gavin Young
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release Date 2011-10-20
Category Travel
Total Pages 186
ISBN 9780571280971
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It was the legendary traveller Wilfred Thesiger who first introduced Gavin Young to the Marshes of Iraq. Since then Young has been entranced by both the beauty of the Marshes and by the Marsh Arabs who inhabit them, a people whose lifestyle is almost unchanged from that of their predecessors, the Ancient Sumerians. On his return to the Marshes some years later Gavin Young found that the twentieth-century had rudely intruded on this lifestyle and that war was threatening to make the Marsh Arabs existence extinct. Return to the Marshes, first published in 1977, is at once a moving tribute to a unique way of life as well as a love story to a place and its people. 'A superbly written essay which combines warmth of personal tone, a good deal of easy historical scholarship and a talent for vivid description rarely found outside good fiction.' Jonathan Raban, Sunday Times

Iraq S Marsh Arabs In The Garden Of Eden by Edward L. Ochsenschlager

Title Iraq s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden
Author Edward L. Ochsenschlager
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date 2014-04-03
Category Social Science
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781934536759
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What can the present tell us about the past? From 1968 to 1990, Edward Ochsenschlager conducted ethnoarchaeological fieldwork near a mound called al-Hiba, in the marshes of southern Iraq. In examining the material culture of three tribes—their use of mud, reed, wood, and bitumen, and their husbandry of cattle, water buffalo, and sheep—he chronicles what is now a lost way of life. He helps us understand ancient manufacturing processes, an artifact's significance and the skill of those who create and use it, and the substantial moral authority wielded by village craftspeople. He reveals the complexities involved in the process of change, both natural and enforced. Al-Hiba contains the remains of Sumerian people who lived in the marshes more than 5,000 years ago in a similar ecological setting, using similar material resources. The archaeological evidence provides insights into everyday life in antiquity. Ochsenschlager enhances the comparisons of past and present by extensive illustrations from his fieldwork and also from the University Museum's rare archival photographs taken in the late nineteenth century by John Henry Haynes. This was long before Saddam Hussein drove one of the tribes from the marshes, forced the Bedouin to live elsewhere, and irrevocably changed the lives of those who tried to stay.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Title Arabian Sands
Author Wilfred Thesiger
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2007-10-25
Category Travel
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780141904429
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa in 1910 and educated at Eton and Oxford. Though British, he was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life, "the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets, etc." In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Thesiger spent five years exploring and wandering the deserts of Arabia. With vivid descriptions and colorful anecdotes he narrates his stories, including two crossings of the Empty Quarter, among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels.

Title The Prince of the Marshes
Author Rory Stewart
Publisher HMH
Release Date 2007-02-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 416
ISBN 0156033003
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An adventurous diplomat’s “engrossing and often darkly humorous” memoir of working with Iraqis after the fall of Saddam Hussein(Publishers Weekly). In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war. The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart’s year. As a participant he takes us inside the occupation and beyond the Green Zone, introducing us to a colorful cast of Iraqis and revealing the complexity and fragility of a society we struggle to understand. By turns funny and harrowing, moving and incisive, it amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy that intervention inevitably courts in the modern age.

Title The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs
Author Sam Kubba
Publisher Trans Pacific Press
Release Date 2011
Category History
Total Pages 286
ISBN 0863723330
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The people of the Iraqi Marshlands are heirs to a culture that can be traced back thousands of years, and prior to the 1970s (i.e. before they were systematically desiccated by Saddam Hussein), these marshes comprised the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East. It is also a site considered by many scholars as the inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden in the Bible and the Koran, as well as the site where the Great Flood occurred, and the birthplace of the patriarch Abraham. The Iraqi Marshlands are therefore an area of major significance in the history of the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The Iraqi Marshlands and the Marsh Arabs will be the definitive text for all those wishing to develop an in-depth understanding of a rich cultural legacy and lifestyle that survives today only as a fragmented cultural inheritance. The book clearly and compassionately illustrates how, until recent decades, the economy and lives of the Ma'dan (Marsh Arabs) that spans over five thousand years remained similar to the ancient practices of their Sumerian forbears, and how the current marsh dwellers with their impressive reed houses (mudhif) and long canoes (mashufs) are our only link with this rich cultural past. The book is also a moving testament to these forgotten people, whose habitats, villages and very lives were progressively snuffed out by the Iraqi government during the repressive reign of Saddam Hussein. It highlights precisely how and why Saddam methodically tried to destroy these wetlands, and explores the enormous international efforts now underway to restore them. Finally, the book also demonstrates the inevitable environmental consequences of Saddam's massive destruction of the marshes; the extinction of endagered species of birds, animals and plants that were endemic to the marshes and are found nowhere else.

Title The Tribes Of The Marsh Arabs of Iraq
Author Fulanain,
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-03-07
Category Social Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781136193385
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Arab tribes of Iraq differ widely in custom but remain in all essentials of thought and conduct a distinctive and unique group. Their land embraces wide deserts, fertile fields and boundless swamps; its unique features shape the lives of its people. Taking the figure of Haji Rikkan as a central focus, the writer-traveller attempts to create a picture of Arab tribal life as a whole.

Damascus Redemption by Richard C. Pendry

Title Damascus Redemption
Author Richard C. Pendry
Publisher Wordcatcher Publishing
Release Date 2017-06-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 460
ISBN 9781789420388
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Mason resigns from the SAS. With his life over, he's enticed into the security industry and a suicidal mission. His team is attacked and two of his men are abducted. Mason escapes with the help of a mysterious Arab cult, and an ancient ‘secret’, its guardian – a Crusading knight. The torment of two warriors unfolds as each searches for redemption.

Eden Again by Suzanne Alwash

Title Eden Again
Author Suzanne Alwash
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2013-03-01
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0988651432
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wilfred Thesiger by Alexander Maitland

Title Wilfred Thesiger
Author Alexander Maitland
Publisher Abrams
Release Date 2011-10-27
Category History
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9781590209950
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author of Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs and The Life of my Choice, he was a legend in his own lifetime but his character and motivations have remained an intriguing enigma. In this authorized biography--written with Thesiger’s support before he died in 2003 and with unique access to the rich Thesiger archive--Alexander Maitland investigates this fascinating figure’s family influences, his wartime experiences, his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist, his writing and photography, his friendships with Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.

The Life Of My Choice by Wilfred Thesiger

Title The Life of My Choice
Author Wilfred Thesiger
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1988
Category Adventure and adventurers
Total Pages 463
ISBN 0006372678
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wilfred Thesiger is the last of the great British eccentric explorers, renowned for his travels through some of the most inaccessible places on earth. As a child in Abyssinia he watched the glorious armies of Ras Tafari returning from hand-to-hand battle, their prisoners in chains; at the age of 23 he made his first expedition into the country of the Danakil, a murderous race among whom a man's status in the tribe depended on the number of men he had killed and castrated. His books, Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs, tell of his two sojourns in the Empty Quarter and the Marshes of Southern Iraq.

Title From Sasanian Mandaeans to bians of the Marshes
Author Kevin T. Van Bladel
Publisher BRILL
Release Date 2017-01-30
Category History
Total Pages 164
ISBN 9789004339460
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This historical study argues that the Mandaean religion originated under Sasanid rule in the fifth century, not earlier as has been widely accepted. It studies primary sources to elucidate the early history of Mandaeism.

Title Marsh Dwellers of the Euphrates Delta
Author S. M. Salim
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2021-01-08
Category Social Science
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781000323382
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dr Salim, of Bagdad University, spent two years amongst the remarkable tribal peoples who inhabit the great marshes of the lower Euphrates. He describes their social and economic organization and discusses on the one hand the process by which people with bedouin traditions and values have adapted themselves to different and difficult conditions, and on the other the effects upon them of submission to the central government and the modernisation of their modes of life that has resulted from it. His account offers a fascinating study of people living in an unusual environment, and will be of value to the anthropologist and ethnologist for its precise ethnography. At the same time, as one of the few detailed studies of the changes now being wrought on such a large scale by modern economic and political forces, it has real importance for the general student of contemporary Middle Eastern affairs.

Marshlands by Matthew Olshan

Title Marshlands
Author Matthew Olshan
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date 2014-02-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780374711634
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A first novel of considerable maturity: powerful, original, cunningly constructed, and timely." —Julian Barnes, author of The Sense of an Ending After years alone in a cell, an aging prisoner is released without explanation, expelled into a great city now utterly unfamiliar to him. Broken by years of brutality at the hands of the prison guards, he scrounges for scraps, sleeping wild, until a museum curator rescues him from an assault. The museum has just opened its most controversial exhibit: a perfect replica of the marshes, an expansive wilderness still wracked by conflict. There the man had spent years as a doctor among the hated and feared marshmen, who have been colonized but never conquered. Then Marshlands reveals one of its many surprises: it is written in reverse. The novel leaps backward once, twice, returning to the marshes and unraveling time to reveal the doctor's ambiguous relationship to the austerely beautiful land and its people. As the pieces of his past come together, a great crime and its consequences begin to take shape. The true nature of the crime and who committed it will be saved for the breathtaking ending—or, rather, for the beginning. In the tradition of Wilfred Thesiger's The Marsh Arabs and J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians, Marshlands explores a culture virtually snuffed out under Saddam Hussein, and how we cement our identities by pointing at someone to call "other." Elegant, brief, and searing, Matthew Olshan's Marshlands shivers with the life of a fragile, lost world.

Title Among the Mountains
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2000
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9997008340
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Marsh Arab Haji Rikkan by Fulanain (pseud.)

Title The Marsh Arab Haji Rikkan
Author Fulanain (pseud.)
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1928
Category Arabs
Total Pages 322
ISBN UOM:39015039491223
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Debriefing the President
Author John Nixon
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2016-12-27
Category Political Science
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780399575822
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world. At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was. Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Iraqi Marshlands by Emma Nicholson

Title The Iraqi Marshlands
Author Emma Nicholson
Publisher Politicos Pub
Release Date 2003
Category Political Science
Total Pages 332
ISBN UCSC:32106018780210
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Contains 17 contributions addressing the many human and environmental dimensions of the assault on the Iraqi marshlands by the government of Saddam Hussein during the 1980s and 1990s. This volume is based on the second and final report on the Marshlands and Marsh Dwellers of Southern Mesopotamia.