Baghdad: During the Abbasid Caliphate
By Guy Le Strange
Baghdad During the Abbasid Caliphate was first published in 1900 and is, according to the author, the first attempt at a complete history and topographic outline of the city of Baghdad during the reign of the Abbasids, who ruled from 750 to 1258 A.D. In addition to including a chronological timetable, this work contains the history of the foundation of Baghdad, the building of the canals, gates, roads, trenches, quarters, and palaces (all in great detail), and descriptions of the early, middle, and late periods of the Abbasid Caliphate. This work is ideal for scholars of ancient world and Middle East history, especially those interested in early studies of Islam.
Cairo, Jerusalem & Damascus: Three Chief Cities of the Egyptian Sultans
By David S. Margoliouth and Walter S.S. Tyrwhitt (Introduction)
A delightful artifact of the fascination with the Middle East that gripped the Western intelligentsia in the early 20th century, this charming 1907 work is a showcase for the lovely paintings of renowned English artist Walter Tyrwhitt. The paintings include scenes in the ancient cities of Cairo, Jerusalem, and Damascus. The accompanying text, by English scholar David Samuel Margoliouth, a professor of Arabic at Oxford University, is based on original sources from the region and the works of other celebrated historians, and serves as an enchanting primer to the history of these storied cities. Hard to find in print today, this replica edition makes a wonderful gift for fans of English art and armchair travelers alike.
Early Travels in Palestine: Comprising the Narratives of Arculf, Willibald, Bernard, Saewulf, Sigurd, Benjamin of Tudela, Sir John Maundeville, De La Brocquiere, and Maundrell
By Thomas Wright (Editor)
Early Travels in Palestine, first published in 1848, is a compilation of the writings and narratives of nine travelers of Palestine from various eras, ranging from the 8th Century to the late 17th century. Though the explorers are of different nationalities and religions, each experienced Palestine during a period of turmoil and recorded first-hand accounts of the events, people, topography, and culture. This book is ideal for students of Muslim, Jewish, or Biblical history, or for those interested in the many changes Palestine has experienced throughout the centuries.
Eothen: Traces of Travel Brought Home From the East
By Alexander William Kinglake
This is an extraordinary work of travel writing that is more about the author's personal exploration than it is about monuments and museums. Inspired by a journey with an Eton colleague ten years prior, this memoir exemplifies how travel can become a personal experience and change who we are. Though over a century and half old, Eothen, Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East feels as strikingly modern as any contemporary literary memoir. Kinglake's intimate, conversational style and his sense of humor and irony made Eothen-meaning "from the early dawn" or "from the East"-an instant success when it was first published in 1844. Even today, in the 21st century, it maintains its fresh and original feel. For lovers of travel, the Middle East, or self discovery this book will become an instant favorite.
How the Codex was Found: A Narrative of Two Visits to Sinai
By Margaret Dunlop Gibson
How the Codex was Found: A Narrative of Two Visits to Sinai From Mrs. Lewis's Journals, 1892‒1893 is a charming description of two sisters' visits to Mount Sinai on a scholarly expedition to study a Syriac version of the Gospels in the Bible. Taken from the journals of the author's twin sister, Margaret Gibson describes in detail two trips to Sinai as well as their findings. Written to quickly and simply record and publicize their journey as an effort to correct erroneous news reports, this easy-to-follow narrative is for anyone curious about Biblical research in the 19th century or the expeditions of these extraordinary twins.
In the Shadow of Sinai: A Story of Travel and Research from 1895 to 1897
By Agnes Smith Lewis
In the Shadow of Sinai was published in 1898, five years after author Agnes Smith Lewis's sister Margaret Dunlop Gibson published an account of their first two trips to Sinai in How the Codex was Found. This longer and more-detailed sequel to her sister's book covers the latter years of their Syriac research, from 1895‒1897, but includes a brief summary of the first two visits to Sinai. In the Shadow of Sinai contains an introduction from the author, several helpful illustrations and photographs from the trip, and a complete narrative of the third and fourth trips to Sinai, from the preparations to the results of their discoveries. This entertaining and illuminating text is the essential conclusion to How the Codex was Found.
Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land
By John Lloyd Stephens
Frederick Catherwood (Introduction)
Perhaps the first modern travelogues still to capture the imaginations of armchair explorers, the mid-19th-century bestselling books of American diplomat and writer John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852) read like the most inspired of novels. The poetic immediacy places the reader square in the saddle of adventure. In this classic 1837 work-which Edgar Allan Poe praised for its "freshness of manner evincing manliness of feeling"-Stephens takes the reader on an evocative journey through the Middle East, from a visit to the pyramids of Egypt to encounters with enthusiastic locals and much more. Complete with all the beautiful original illustrations by English artist and architect Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854), this delightful book continues to enthrall adventurous spirits today.
Manners & Customs of the Modern Egyptians
By Edward W. Lane
A pioneering work of cultural anthropology, E.W. Lane's study of Egyptian society has not been out of print since it was first issued in 1836. Immersing himself in Egyptian culture, Lane learned the Arabic language and adopted the Arab way of life. Written before the forces of innovation transformed Egypt, Manners & Customs of the Modern Egyptians is recognized for its wide-ranging scope of detail on daily life topics such as the nature of Islamic laws and its relation to government, birth and marriage customs, death and funeral rites, music and dancing, and the world of magic and alchemy. This distinctive work retains its power to charm and fascinate contemporary readers.
Palestine under the Moslems: A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from A.D. 650 to 1500
By Guy Le Strange
Originally published in 1890 and translated from "the works of the medieval Arab geographers," Palestine under the Moslems is a collection of historical and geographical Islamic writings on Syria and Palestine. Palestine is known as the Holy Land with a religious focus on both Judaism and Christianity, but it also holds a position of high importance in Islam, which these writings demonstrate. Presented in two parts, Part I contains translations of Arabic and Persian works that date back to A.D. 650-1500, as well as notes and observations from the editor, while Part II includes an alphabetical geographical dictionary and references to relevant Islamic sources.
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah (2 volumes in 1)
By Sir Richard F. Burton
A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Meccah, written in 1855, is British author and explorer Richard Burton's account of his own attempt at a Hajj, or Muslim journey to Mecca. Though not Muslim himself, Burton's years spent in British India as a soldier in the army familiarized him with Muslim customs and behavior. He came up with the idea of making a Hajj while traveling disguised among Sindhi Muslims, and prepared and studied extensively for the trip, even getting circumcised to further prevent discovery. While Burton was not the first non-Muslim to make the journey to Mecca, his account is the most well-known of the time, and it is the work which made him famous. Presented here as two volumes in one, this harrowing true tale will delight fans of Burton and his work.
Sir John Chardins Travels in Persia
By Sir John Chardin
Sir Percy Molesworth Sykes (Introduction)
Sir John Chardin's Travels in Persia is an abridged translation of the original French edition, which describes in great detail the people, places, politics, governments, and culture John Chardin encountered during his many years of travel in the Near East. It was originally published in full in 1711 under the title Voyages de monsieur le chevalier Chardin en Perse, et autres lieux de l'Orient, or The Travels of Sir John Chardin in Persia and the Orient. It is considered an authority among academics; Persian scholar John Emerson said, "[Chardin's] information on Safavid Persia outranks that of all other Western writers in range, depth, accuracy, and judiciousness." The complete works have never been translated in English, though there are many editions. This volume contains the hard-to-find original 1720 translation, presented in two parts.
The Afghan Wars: 1839-42 and 1878-80
By Archibald Forbes
The Afghan Wars, written by Archibald Forbes in 1892, is a British account of two Anglo-Afghan wars, fought between British India and Afghanistan; the first war took place from 1839-1842, and and the second from 1878-1880. Though history dictates the conclusion of both British invasions (in which neither side really wins the wars and the Britons retreat twice, but still accomplish their objectives), Forbes' account is saturated with details of the occupations and soldiers' experiences, while still conveying the overall experience and outcome of each war. It also includes illustrations of important figures and war plans which complement Forbes' descriptions. This work is perfect for students of British and Middle Eastern military history.
The Conquerors of Palestine Through Forty Centuries
By Major H.O. Lock
Viscount Allenby (Introduction)
Written from a soldier's point of view, The Conquerors of Palestine is one cohesive account, collected from the stories and research of many sources, of the history of invasions in Palestine over forty centuries. It includes an introduction by both General Sir Edmund Allenby and author M.O. Lock, chapters for each conqueror, including the Egyptians, the Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, and the British, as well as appendices and a detailed map. Written for those who fought in, traveled through, or had general interest in the "Holy Land," The Conquerors of Palestine condenses and brings to life the weighty past of one of the most famous countries in the world.
The Egyptian Sudan (in two volumes), Vol. I: Its History and Monuments
By Sir Ernest A. Wallis Budge
$39.99 hardcover; $36.99 paperback
The Egyptian Sudan is a detailed account of early travels and archaeological missions to the Sudan in Egypt. The two-volume series contains illustrations and explanations of the dig sites and artifacts excavated, the history behind the pyramids and temples explored, the history of the region itself, and the details of the actual trips to Sudan and the scientists who took them. A wonderfully explicit and precise series for anyone interested in archeology and Egyptian artifacts, The Egyptian Sudan is a must-read. Volume I contains information on the travelers and archeologists who explored the Sudan, descriptions of the first through the fourth missions (1897, 1898, 1903, and 1905) and illustrations and descriptions of the pyramids and artifacts found.
The Egyptian Sudan (in two volumes), Vol. II: Its History and Monuments
By Sir Ernest A. Wallis Budge
$39.99 hardcover; $36.99 paperback
The Egyptian Sudan is a detailed account of early travels and archaeological missions to the Sudan in Egypt. The two-volume series contains illustrations and explanations of the dig sites and artifacts excavated, the history behind the pyramids and temples explored, and the details of the actual trips to Sudan and the scientists who took them. A wonderfully explicit and precise series for anyone interested in archeology and Egyptian artifacts, The Egyptian Sudan is a must-read. Volume II contains the histories of the Sudan during different historical periods, including the rise of the Nubian kingdom, their successors, the Sudan in the Ptolemaic Period, before and after Christ, the rule of Muhammad in the Sudan, the rise of Christianity, and finally Sudan in the modern day.
The Lands of the Eastern Caliphate: Mesopotamia, Persia, and Central Asia from the Moslem Conquest to the Time of Timur
By Guy Le Strange
The Lands of the Eastern Caliphate, originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1905, is an anthology of geographical and historical works on Mesopotamia, Persia, and the surrounding areas of Central Asia by medieval Arab, Persian, and Turkish Muslim geographers. The translated works begin with writings from A.D. 864, and conclude with works from the early seventeenth century. While not an exhaustive geographical history, the description of each province includes information on manufacture and trade, towns, roads, bodies of water, and other topical areas of interest. There are also maps of several provinces as well as an extensive index. The Lands of the Eastern Caliphate is a complementary work to Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate, and includes some records from Palestine under the Moslems, making this work ideal for any student of Le Strange's translations.
Liber Expugnationis Regionum: Quem E Codice Leidensi Et Codice Musei Brittannici; (Arabic Edition)
By Ahmad Ibn Yahya Bin Jabir Al-Biladuri
Michael Jan de Goeje (Editor)
$77.99 hardcover; $44.99 paperback
Liber Expugnationis Regionum, also known as Kitab Futuh al-Buldan (فتوح البلدان), or Book of the Conquests of Lands, is a condensed version of a longer history. It describes the wars and conquests of the Arabs from the 7th century, and is considered chief among Al Biladuri's surviving works. This is a second edition, edited and with an introduction (in Latin) by the famous Dutch orientalist M.J. de Goeje. The text of the book is in Arabic.
The Origins of the Islamic State: Being a Translation from the Arabic Accompanied with Annotations, Geographic and Historic notes of the Kitab futuh al-buldan
By Ahmad Bin Yahya Bin Jabir Al Biladuri
Philip Khuri Hitti (Translator)
Translated by Dr. Philip Khûri Hitti in 1916, The Origins of the Islamic State, or the Kitâb Futûḥ al-Buldân in Arabic, was an unparalleled source of Islamic history and culture in the early 20th century, and is still renowned today as one of the greatest accounts of Arabic history. This book is coveted for its historical tracing of events to the source, despite the work being incomplete as much of the original manuscripts were lost after the sixteenth century. This made the work especially difficult to translate, but even so, it remains one of the most well-documented accounts of Muslim history. The work covers the conquest of nations such as Arabia, Syria, Mesopotamia, Armenia, Africa, and Persia. The Futûḥ al-Buldân is widely-recognized as author al-Biladuri's chief surviving work, and was oft used by later historians to write their own Arabic histories.
The Rahat-Us-Sudur Wa Ayat-Us-Surur: Being a History of the Saljuqs (Arabic Edition)
By Muhammad Ibn Ali Ibn Sulayman Ar-Rawandi
Muhammad Iqbal (Editor)
$149.99 hardcover; $149.99 paperback
Note: Body of book is in Arabic; preface is in English. The Rahat-Us-Sudur Wa Ayat-Us-Surur is a rare and unique account of the history of the Saljuq dynasty of Persia. Aside from a helpful introduction in English about the work and its author, the entirety of the text is in Persian. It was originally written in naskh and dates back to the 1st of Ramadan, 635, or April 17, 1238. The manuscript covers the rule of the Saljuqs, who were in power in Persia from 1037-1194, and contains first-hand accounts of the decline and fall of the empire, as the author was a favorite courtier of Sultan Tughril and had access to privileged court information. The editor, Muhammad Iqbal, also includes cross-references to Ibn-ul-Athir and al-Bundari, two independent authorities on Saljuq history.
The Story of the Moors in Spain
By Stanley Lane-Poole and Arthur Gilman
$23.99 hardcover; 9.99 paperback
The Story of the Moors in Spain is a history of the Moorish Empire in Andalusia, chronicling the rise and fall of the Islamic empire, and with it the stymie of a "civilized and enlightened State." Author Stanley Lane-Poole catalogues the art, architecture, religion, science, and industry that flourished with the establishment of the Muslim regime in Spain. A rare non-Christian history from the 19th century, students and researchers alike should cherish this classic text, included here with original illustrations.
Travels in Arabia Deserta, Vol. I (in two volumes)
By Charles Montagu Doughty
T.E. Lawrence (Introduction)
Travels in Arabia Deserta, originally published in 1888, is a two-volume set which describes English poet Charles Doughty's extensive travels through the Arabian deserts and the discoveries he made there. The work became well-regarded for its beautiful prose as well as its extensiveness, which made it a benchmark of ambitious travel writing in the early 20th century. Written in the style of the King James Bible, the text is extravagant and creative. In the 1920's, it was discovered by British Army Officer T.E. Lawrence, who spurred the book's republication, this time with an introduction from Lawrence. The book has been in and out of print since then, but the Cosimo edition is a rare 1921 reprint, and includes the Lawrence introduction. Volume I includes T.E. Lawrence's Introduction, as well as accounts of Doughty's treks to Mecca, Ammon and Moab, the Mountain of Edom, Arabia, the Passage of the Harra, Teyma, and more. He also describes nomad life in the desert and ancient stories, peoples, and myths connected with his travels.
Travels in Arabia Deserta, Vol. II (in two volumes)
By Charles Montagu Doughty
T.E. Lawrence (Introduction)
Travels in Arabia Deserta, originally published in 1888, is a two-volume set which describes English poet Charles Doughty's extensive travels through the Arabian deserts and the discoveries he made there. The work became well-regarded for its beautiful prose as well as its extensiveness, which made it a benchmark of ambitious travel writing in the early 20th century. Written in the style of the King James Bible, the text is extravagant and creative. In the 1920's, it was discovered by British Army Officer T.E. Lawrence, who spurred the book's republication, this time with an introduction from Lawrence. The book has been in and out of print since then, but the Cosimo edition is a rare 1921 reprint, and includes the Lawrence introduction. Volume II contains Doughty's travels to Ibn Rashîd's town (and the people and culture there), life in Hayîl, the journey to Khaybar and his discoveries and encounters there, the Shammar and Harb Deserts in Nejd, the Journey to El-Kasîm, and more.
Travels in Egypt and Nubia, Syria, and the Holy Land: Including a Journey Round the Dead Sea, and through the Country East of the Jordan
By Charles Leonard Irby and James Mangles
Travels in Egypt and Nubia, Syria, and the Holy Land is a detailed journal from two commanders in the British Royal Navy, documenting their time in the Middle East during a "tour of the Continent." Though the two captains, also relatives by marriage, had only intended on a short excursion, they extended their stay and explored the area for more than four years, from 1816 to 1820. The result is an extensive and intricate study of Middle East culture and land. Included are sections on Egypt and Nubia, Syria, and Petra and the Dead Sea. Entries are organized by date and include subjects such as, "Our Party and its Objects," "Crocodiles," "Visit to the Pyramids," "Convent on Mount Carmel," "Troubles with our Escort," and "Observations on the Character and Customs of the Arabs." This entertaining and informative read will be of interest to historians and students of Middle Eastern culture.