Saddling the Dogs: Journeys Through Egypt and the Near East [Paperback]

Diane Fortenberry (Editor); Deborah Manley (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842173671 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: ASTENE Publications | Year of Publication: 2009 | Language: English 170p, H230 x W160 (mm)

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Saddling the Dogs


In the absence of horses, saddle the dogs.

This Arab proverb, suggesting the uncompromising determination of nomads to keep moving, whatever the obstacles, epitomizes also the travelling ethos of many early visitors to the 'exotic East'. The journeys examined here are linked by the light they shed on the experience of travel in Egypt, Greece and the Ottoman Balkans, and the Near East from the 17th to the early 20th century not so much what was seen as how one got there and how one got around once arrived; the vicissitudes and travails, both expected and strange that characterised the passage. The purpose of the trips examined range from religious pilgrimages to diplomatic, commercial and military journeys, to middle-class package tours. Each of them is of interest for what it reveals about the realities of travel in Egypt, the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East at different times: the means by which travel was carried out, the dangers and discomforts encountered and the preparations made.

The Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) is a registered educational charity promoting the study of the history of travel and travellers in the eastern Mediterranean, from Greece and the Ottoman Balkans eastward to Turkey and the Levant, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and the Mesopotamian region.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Diane Fortenberry and Deborah Manley)
Death and Disorder in Muhammad Sadiq's Star o the Hajj: Steamships, Quarantine and their Impact on the Muslim Body )
Modern Pilgrims in Egypt and the Holy Land: A Case Study (Hana Navratilova)
Facing Travels, Shaping Worlds: Three 17th-century Mesopotamian Travel Accounts (Bart Ooghe)
From Baghdad to Constantinople on Horseback: A Journey by Claudius and Mary Rich, October-December 1813 (Margaret Oliphant)
Pascal Coste and Eugene Flandin: Voyage en Perse (Caroline Williams)
Khalil Aga: A lost American on the Nile (Cassandra Vivian)
An American Touristin 1839: Philip Rhinelander Visits the Mediterranean (Andrew Oliver)
'The Contagion followed, and vanquish'd them': Plague, Travellers and Lazarettos (Janet Starkey)
The 6th Earl of Hopetoun Preparres for the Nile (Brenda Moon)
The Tedious Camel (Peta Ree)
Travel Clubs in the Era of the First Czechoslovak Republic (Adela Junova Mackova)

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