From the blurb;
"The Bedu of Arabia and North Africa are people out of folklore and legend for Westerners, and have long been symbols of the "noble savage". Over the last half-century, though, many changes have come to their traditional way of life. Michael Asher, distinguished Arabist and desert explorer, travelled to the Arab world to discover whether the spirit of the Bedu has survived into the last decade of the twentieth century.
His travels took him not only deep into history, mythology, anthropology and philosophy, but also tens of thousands of miles by camel, truck, bus, steamer, taxi and jeep to some of the most exotic and remote locations of the Middle East; Palmyra, the shrine of the prophet Hud in the Hadhramaut, the skyscraper citadel of Shibam, the rock city of Petra, the oasis of Siwa, the hills of Dhofar, the Wahiba Sands, the Nahra region of south Yemen, the bazaars of Damascus and Sana`a. He made a month-long trek by camel to the tiny oasis of Selima in the Susan, and a unique 1,000 mile traverse of the Western Desert of Egypt, accompanied by a member of one of the last families of Bedu still using camels there.
"The Last of the Bedu" gives full rein to Michael Asher`s descriptive powers, vividly evoking the sights, smells and voices of the Arab milieu. It is striking, optimistic and often humorous portrayal of a culture that has succeeded in preserving its unique traditions, while adapting and surviving in the post-modern world."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear. Includes dust-jacket in very good condition.