The Arab of the Desert. A glimpse into Badawin life in Kuwait and Sau’di Arabia.

  • Dickson, H. R. P.
  • London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1959


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THIRD IMPRESSION, large 8vo, pp. 664 + frontispiece and 69 photographs, illustrations, and folding maps and diagrams across 48 plates. Illustrations throughout text, title-page printed in red and black. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dustjacket printed in black, maroon, and salmon. Binding slightly rubbed and bruised, duskjacket a little creased and dustsoiled, small tears to corners.


British Colonial Administrator H.R.P. Dickson's (1881-1959) memoir and history of the 'Badawin' [Bedouin] communities, where his ties with the 'Anizah tribe offered him intimate knowledge and involvement in daily life. In Islamic practice, a child consistently breast-fed by a woman will become part of her family, and so Dickson became a 'blood-brother' of the 'Anizah tribe and grew up speaking Arabic.

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