Pilgrimage to Mecca

As the first British woman convert to Islam on record as making the pilgrimage to Mecca and visiting Medina, Lady Evelyn Cobbold (1867- 1963) cuts a unique figure in the annals of the Muslim Hajj.

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Roads to Nowhere

Roads to Nowhere is a candid account of the author’s experiences as a young British colonial officer who served in South Arabia during the critical years leading up to Britain’s headlong departure.

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Sabah al-Salim Al-Sabah

This biography of Sabah al-Salim Al-Sabah assesses his contribution to the political history of Kuwait. Relying on recently released documents from the British and US archives, as well as on frank reminiscences of former colleagues within Kuwait, it covers his entire career, from his entry into public life as Head of the Town Police in 1939, through his appointment in 1962-3 as the first-ever Crown Prince of Kuwait, to his reign as Amir from 1965 to 1977. His attitudes and opinions on the major issues of the day are extensively chronicled, often in his own words.

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Sea of Pearls

Since Antiquity the natural pearls of the Gulf have been famed as the finest, most lustrous and most plentiful that the world can offer. From the beginnings of trade until the 1930s, these pearls were a major product of the Gulf’s coastal exports. Latterly, from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, rising international demand turned pearling into their economic mainstay.

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Seen in the Yemen

Yemen is justly famed as one of the world’s most dramatically beautiful countries. Seen in the Yemen brings the people, architecture and landscapes of this ancient culture alive to the reader through the medium of the author’s remarkable black-and-white photographs, taken in the 1970s, and here reproduced in duotone. His book is also a tribute to one of the most famous of all Arab and Asian travellers, the late Dame Freya Stark (1893-1993). In the mid-1970s, at the age of eighty-three, she made two visits to the author, who was then serving in Sana’a. Their travels together through north Yemen marked the start of a long friendship.

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Sheba Revealed

Sheba Revealed depicts the people, customs and antiquities of this remote part of Arabia with compelling verve and candour. Its close, sympathetic and skilful observation of a single locality places it in an unusual niche among accounts of Arabian travel. And it will engage all those with an interest in pre-Islamic archaeology, colonial history, Arabian society and Yemen’s transition to the world of today.

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Sons of Sindbad

Sons of Sinbad … vividly documents the vanishing universe of sail in the western half of the Indian Ocean on the eve of the Second World War. … The collaborative introduction could hardly be bettered as an appraisal of Villiers’ life and achievement. … The authors contend that Villiers was the Thesiger of the Arabian Sea – a view which few readers are likely to contest.”

John Shipman, Asian Affairs

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Sons of Sindbad – The Photographs

The conventional story of the West’s discovery of Arabia and its peoples has been dominated by a celebrity cast of overland explorers, from Niwbuhr, Burckhardt, Burton, Palgrave and Doughty in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to T. E. Lawrence, Harry St John Philby and Wilfred Thesiger in the twentieth. Villiers should now be given similar recognition of this exploration of a maritime world now lost to us.

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The Holy Cities of Arabia

Few British Explorers in Arabia have produced books whose importance as travelogues is transcended by their literary quality. One such is The Holy Cities of Arabia, published to critical acclaim in 1928, with its author hailed as a worthy successor to Burckhardt, Burton and Doughty.

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The Principles of Arab Navigation

The Principles of Arab Navigation is an entertaining and informative look at how the Arab, Persian and Indian communities have navigated their way across the seas in search of adventure and better trade routes. Compiled by six of the best scholars specialising in maritime and Arab culture, this book is a must-have for nautical enthusiasts.

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