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S a chronicle illustrated by over 160 photos of Bell's 1905 journey from Jericho to Antioch a land of warring tribes under Turkish contro. When Gertrude Bell made this journey in 1905 she was travelling in Syria Now the majority of the land she crossed is called Jordan It added a frisson to this fascinating and well written narrative to read her descriptions of places I've travelled to myself considerably recently

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The Desert and the Sown The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of ArabiaA seeming contradiction Gertrude Bell was both a proper Victorian and an intrepid explorer of the Arabian wilderness She was a close frie. After finding so much pleasure in reading Gertrude Bell's book Amarath to Amarath I moved on to Syria The Desert and the Sown with great expectations downloaded for free from this site because it is outside of copyright It lived up to my hopes and was also a great pleasure to read Once again I loved travelling vicariously with perhaps the most adventurous British woman that I've heard of though granted her wealth gave her comforts and staff that are inaccessible to most others she chose not to marry and stay in a comfortable life in Britain but instead to travel far and wide across the Middle East climb mountains master Arabic Farsi German and French and shape modern IraThis book was published 4 years earlier than Amarath to Amarath and Bell is timid and less assured in this earlier book She also has not learnt as much about archeology and architecture than what she decribes in the later book An advantage of Syria The Desert and the Sown is that it doesn't have the long academic descriptions of archeological sites that even I skim read All in all I loved both books everything I loved most about Amarath to Amarath was in Syria The Desert and the Sown and Bell is still my hero despite the monumental mess of modern Ira I wish I had left a gap between reading the two books so that I didn't spend the first part of Syria The Desert and the Sown comparing it and her slightly altered writing style with Amarath to Amarath Here I have made a few observations from the book and copied some of my favourite uotesBell describes her arrival in the village of Salt in Syria She is greeted by an Arab Christian man who invites her to stay in his guest room She joins him for coffee and describes the elegant ceremonyWe settled down to coffee the bitter black coffee of the Arabs which is better than any nectar The cup is handed with a Deign to accept you pass it back empty murmuring May you live As you sip someone ejaculates A double health and you reply Upon your heartBell is guided through the desert by a handsome young local Arab man named Gablan whoTaught me also the names of the plants that dotted the ground and I found that though the flora of the desert is scanty in uantity it is of many varieties and that almost every kind has been put to some useful end by the Arabs With the kai of the utmfan they scent their butter from the prickly kursa'aneh they make an excellent flalad on the dry sticks of the billan the camels feed and the sheep on those of the shih the ashes of the gait are used in soap boilingBell sits in the tent of a sheikh and observesThe lee side of an Arab tent is always open to the air; if the wind shifts the women take down the tent wall and set it up against another uarter and in a moment your house has changed its outlook and faces gaily to the most favourable prospect It is so small and light and yet so strongly anchored that the storms can do little to it; the coarse meshes of the goat's hair cloth swell and close together in the wet so that it needs continuous rain carried on a high wind before a cold steam leaks into the dwelling placeAbout the Seijari women Bell recordsThe Seijari women were wonderfully beautiful They wore dark blue Bedouin dress but the blue cloths hanging from their heads were fastened with heavy gold ornaments like the plaues of the Mycenean treasure one behind each temple Agreeable though their company proved to be I was obliged to cut short my visit by reason of the number of fleas that shared the captivity of the familyThis reflection on appetite is interesting when taking into account the modern day obesity rates that I have observed in Saudi ArabiaThe Arab eats astonishingly little much less than a European woman with a good appetite and when there is no guest in camp bread and a bowl of camel's milk is all they need It is true they spend most of the day asleep or gossiping in the sun yet I have seen the 'Agel making a four months' march on no generous fare Though they can go on such short commons the Bedouin must seldom be without the sensation of hunger; they are always lean and thin and any sickness that falls upon the tribe carries off a large proportion of its numbersThis conversation between a Kurdish Agha and a Druze host is interesting in light of the increase in religiosity in the Arab world in recent decadesYou may find men in the Great Mosue at Damascus at the Friday prayers and a few perhaps at Jerusalem but in Beyrout and in Smyrna the mosues are empty and the churches are empty There is no religion any My friends said the Agha I will tell you the reason In the country men are poor and they want much Of whom should they ask it but of God There is none other that is compassionate to the poor save He alone But in the towns they are rich they have got all they desire and why should they pray to God if they want nothingAn Arab named 'Awad joins Bell's party as a guide We were all shivering as we set out in the chill dawn but 'Awad turned the matter into jest by calling out from his camel Lady lady Do you know why I am cold It is because I have four wives in the house And the others laughed for he had the reputation of being a bit of a Don Juan and such funds as he possessed went to replenishing his harem rather than his wardrobeI have encountered this sort of talk among Arab men who trust me complaining when they are away from their wives not because they miss talking to them but because they consider it an injustice being without sex for even one day Bell was guided by an older Arab man named Yunis with ten children from two wives He remarked about how much one of his wives cost him and when Bell enuired he respondedI took her from her husband and by God may His name be praised and exalted I had to pay two thousand piastres to the husband and three thousand to the judgeAnyone who has what I call an 'epic' like the time I was stranded in a village in Patagonia will relate to thisThe next day's journey is branded on my mind by an incident which I can scarcely dignify with the name of an adventure a misadventure let me call it It was s tedious while it was happening as a real adventure and no one but he who has been through them knows how tiresome they freuently are and it has not left behind it that remembered spice of possible danger that enlivens fireside recollectionsBell had this to say about Damascus that I can't imagine can still be trueWhether you ride to Damascus by a short cut or by a high road from the Hauran or from Palmyra it is always further away than any known place Perhaps it is because the traveller is so eager to reach it the great and splendid Arab city set in a girdle of fruit trees and filled with the murmur of running waterAnd her original sponsor said thisI am persuaded that in and about Damascus you may see the finest Arab population that can be found anywhere They are the descendents of the original invaders who came up on the first great wave of the conuest and they have kept their stock almost pureIt was nice to see her photos of the temples at Ba'albek and others that I don't think I'll ever get to see in personAs Trump takes power in the USA Britain departs from the EU and Europe moves inexorably to the right this uote is pertinentI fell to wondering whether civilisation is indeed as we think it in Europe a resistless power sweeping forward and carrying upon its crestI copied this passage about the natural beauty in northern Syria for the gardeners out thereEvery ledge and hollow was a garden of wild flowers; tall blue irises unfurled their slender buds under sweet smelling thickets of bay and the air was scented with the purple daphneThis statement from Bell resonates with my philosophy of striving to engageOpportunities of enlarging the circle of your acuaintance should always be grasped especially in foreign partsIn 1907 Gertrude Bell had this to say about Armenians in Turkey eight years before the genocideThe villages on the coast contain large colonies of Armenians; they are surrounded by military stations to prevent the inhabitants from escaping either inland to other parts of the empire or by sea to CyprusIf you look at what's happening in Syria and wonder how people could have so much animosity towards each other read Gertrude Bell and the deep distrust and indeed hatred of all other groups and the number of different groups will help to explain ignoring the foreign influences for now For example this is what one Arab had to say about Circassians in SyriaThe father sells his children and the children would kill their own father if he had gold in his belt It happened once that I was riding from Tripoli to Homs and near the khan I met a Circassian walking alone I said 'Peace be upon you Why do you walk' for the Circassians never go afoot He said 'My horse has been stolen from me and I walk in fear upon this road' I said 'Come with me and you shall go in safety to Homs' But I made him walk before my horse for he was armed with a sword and who knows what a Circassian will do if you cannot watch him And after a little we passed an old man working in the fields and the Circassian ran out to him and spoke with him and drew his sword as though to kill him And I called out 'What has this old man done to you' And he replied 'By God I am hungry and I asked him for food and he said I have none wherefore I shall kill him' Then I said 'Let him be I will give you food' And I gave him half of all I had bread and sweetmeats and oranges So we journeyed until we came to a stream and I was thirsty and I got off my mare and stooped to drink And I looked up to see the Circassian with his foot in my stirrup on the other side of the mare for he designed to mount her and ride away And by God I had been a father and a mother to him therefore I struck him with my sword so that he fell to the ground And I bound him and drove him to Homs and delivered him to the Government This is the manner of the Circassians may God curse themThis passage reminded me of summer in Saudi Arabia in my black abaya and hijabIn Yemen if a man stood in the shade and saw a purse of gold lying in the sun by God he would not go out to pick it up for the heat is like the fire of hellThis review was first posted on my blog

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Read ¸ The Desert and the Sown: The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of Arabia ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ A seeming contradiction Gertrude Bell was both a proper Victorian and an intrepid explorer of the Arabian wilderness She was a close friend Nd of T E Lawrence and played an important role in creating the modern map of the Middle East after World War I The Desert and the Sown i. Wonderful insights but a bit too much archaeology for me I much preferred when she spoke about the people and her reactions to her travels rather than the archaeological structures But I can't really complain because that is exactly what she was meaning to do Fantastic book nonetheless