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The Black Tents of Arabia 0th Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0710306722
ISBN-10: 0710306725
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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carl S. Raswan was a traveler, Arabian enthusiast, writer, and photographer.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kegan Paul Arabia Library
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710306725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710306722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,360,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author was a German soldier in WWI who lived with the Bedouin for 22 years after the war. His initial attraction was his love of Arabian horses, but he eventually acquiired the language and customs of the Ruala tribe. Incredibly violent scenes are described in great detail as he rides in raiding parties and fights gun battles with other tribes. One compelling scene describes the sound of bullets smacking into the chest of his best friend. The food scenes are also not for the faint of heart; you may not want to know what they do with the contents of a dead camel's stomach. There is also much in the book that makes one admire the laws of the desert and the nomadic customs that have evolved. This is not a scientific book or an anthropological text, but it should be of extreme interest to any one who seriously studies these people. My interest in oriental rugs caused me to pick it up at a local junk store, and I found it thoroughly engrossing.
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By AKS on December 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Black Tents of Arabia, by Carl Reinhard Raswan.No contemporary Arabian horse fancier had more first-hand involvement with the Bedouins and high-adventures with desertbred horses and few individuals in history have generated more printed words about them. Blacks Tents is a chronicle of his periodic escapades, (which spanned a total of twenty-six years) migrating, hunting, raiding, feasting, and starving amidst the Ruala tribe. Certainly, no modern writer better captured the essence of the vanishing nomadic Arab culture in such nostalgic and wistful terms. Among the many interesting segments found in the book is an account of the only know meteorite shower to have caused human casualties. First published in 1935, at least four reprints have greatly enhanced the folklore of the breed. Reviewed by Andrew K. Steen, Author and Historian of the Arabian Horse and the Exploration of Arabia
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Highly recommended if you are interested in past Arabic life and culture which is now lost to money, power and oil. The author had some wonderfully authentic experiences that are lost to this world and time.
Read " City of Salt" after reading this book!
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This is an expanded edition of the book first published in 1935, in which the author re-counts his desert experiences in pursuit of knowledge of the Arabian horse. He later used what he learned to become a principal agent in building up the breed in the United States and Europe in the 20th century. Traveling in the Arabian Peninsula shortly before the founding of Saudi Arabia in 1932, Raswan was renowned among the tribes for his deep respect of Bedouin ways, especially horsemanship and horse breed-ing. Born in Dresden in 1893, he emigrated to the United States in 1921, where he as-sisted in the historic Davenport importation and with the establishment of the country's earliest Arabian stud farms. This edition contains 100 pages of photographs. DD
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