The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut

The Southern Gates of Arabia A Journey in the Hadhramaut In famed British traveler Freya Stark sailed down the Red Sea alighting in Aden located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula From this backwater outpost Stark set forth on what was to be her m

  • Title: The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut
  • Author: Freya Stark Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • ISBN: 9780375757549
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1934, famed British traveler Freya Stark sailed down the Red Sea, alighting in Aden, located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula From this backwater outpost, Stark set forth on what was to be her most unforgettable adventure Following the ancient frankincense routes of the Hadhramaut Valley, the most fertile in Arabia, she sought to be the first Westerner to locate anIn 1934, famed British traveler Freya Stark sailed down the Red Sea, alighting in Aden, located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula From this backwater outpost, Stark set forth on what was to be her most unforgettable adventure Following the ancient frankincense routes of the Hadhramaut Valley, the most fertile in Arabia, she sought to be the first Westerner to locate and document the lost city of Shabwa Chronicling her journey through the towns and encampments of the Hadhramaut, The Southern Gates of Arabia is a tale alive with sheikhs and sultans, tragedy and triumph Although the claim to discovering Shabwa would not ultimately be Stark s, The Southern Gates of Arabia, a bestseller upon its original publication, remains a classic in the literature of travel This edition includes a new Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse, Stark s biographer.

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    1. Freya Stark was a remarkable woman who travelled throughout the Middle East in the 1930’s. She was fluent in Arabic and Arabian history and wrote many popular travel books at a time when women did not travel alone. When travelling through Yemen, she hired members of local Bedouin tribes to guide her to historical regions, old villages, and along the ancient spice routes. The Hadhramaut region of Yemen is the home of the rare Frankincense tree from the species Boswellia. This is a humorous and [...]

    2. I think this pretty much says it all:"On the occasion of the arrival of the free and respected one, and of her honouring the court of our excellent school, I rise to welcome her happy visit to the abode of the noble Sharifs, the country of Al Ahqaf, the place of residence of our venerated ancestors and that where our forebears were born. Her spirit and firm courage are show to us inasmuch as she is the first woman to visit the province of Hadhramaut alone, without any companion of her own sex or [...]

    3. I go for romantic imagery, none here. Just a matter-of-fact recounting of where she went, alone of course, because BROWN and BLACK MEN ARE NOT HUMAN. I prefer one eloquent phrase to pages of 'and then I went here' and "I saw this'. The magic of the journey seems to have eluded her; not unlike those today who race from place to place, photographing where they've been and posting on Facebook. TE Lawrence described the desert in 7 Pillars of Wisdom which was also dull in part, but the exotic and my [...]

    4. In the early 1930s, Stark, a single British woman, traveled through southern Arabia alone, visiting country that few other Europeans had seen, particularly few women. This might sound incredibly dangerous, and it probably was, but Stark was helped along by her passion for Arabic history and her genuine interest in the people she met (as well as near fluency in Arabic, as far as I can tell), as well as her poise, charm, humor, and sense of adventure. She befriends bedouins and sheiks alike, as we [...]

    5. I learned of Freya Stark when I read Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell, when he was the Minister of Information in Cyprus. Stark was building a house in Cyprus, and was known to take off at a moments notice to parts unknown. So when I found this book, I knew I had to read it. The Southern Gates of Arabia was published in 1936, and became an instant bestseller. Stark traveled to the Hadhramaut region (now part of Yemen) in 1934 to find the lost city of Shabwa, which is along the ancient [...]

    6. existentialist trek through HadhramautTrekking over the desolate, rocky plateau that lies between the coast and the interior valleys of Hadhramaut, Freya Stark travelled in 1935 with a group of Bedu and a government slave-soldier. The area has been known as Aden Protectorate, the Qu'aiti State of Shihr and Makalla, South Arabia, the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen, and is now part of united Yemen. She visited several of the interior towns, almost never seen by Europeans at that time [...]

    7. I don't think I could have read this travel description if I hadn't first read the biography of her by Jane Fletcher Geniesse also wrote the forward to this book. And also I had to read 's entry on Yemen as my knowledge of the area was not much, and the names of many places she visits have changed. A few more footnotes would have helped. The writing by Stark is lovely and I envy her traveling in these parts in a time when a well-connected western woman traveling alone was so unusual that all the [...]

    8. Later writers have snide things to say about her, but which other woman was riding about without a man to protect her in the back country east of Yemen back in the 1930's. And, she is a literate writer. Thus the 4 stars.It's a quick read, but it is soooo personal, in contrast to all the geo-political tomes of today.Yes, she heavily edited the friction out of this, but it's a great glimpse inside the closed society of the emirates area when significant remnants of the ancient economy and society [...]

    9. Maybe 3.5 stars, as I did feel my eyes glazing over from time to time, but generally I really enjoyed both her account, as well as the opportunity to read a description of a Middle Eastern region from a historical perspective.

    10. Beautifully written, engrossing, and poignant, with great insights into life and human character. This book proves that violence is not required for a great adventure, and that the smallest details of life create a sweepingly romantic story.

    11. Beautiful. Especially suited to the 1980's in Manchester during a slow burning heroin habituation. Somehow nodding out didn't spoil a thing

    12. Another intrepid travellerin Araby. I so love thesepeople and the luck of livingwhen they did and the worldsthey got to see.

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