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A Reed Shaken by the Wind: Travels among the Marsh Arabs of Iraq

Author: Maxwell, Gavin Set In . . .
 Iraq, Middle East
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Published:
Description: The Marsh Arabs were one of the most isolated communities in the world. Few outsiders, let alone Europeans, had been permitted to travel through their homeland, a mass of tiny islands lost in a wilderness of reeds and swamps in southern Iraq. One of the few trusted outsiders was the legendary explorer Wilfred Thesiger, who was Gavin Maxwell"€™s guide to the intricate landscape, tribal customs and distinctive architecture of the Marsh Arabs. Thesiger"€™s skill with a medicine chest and rifle assured them a welcome in every hamlet, and Maxwell"€™s sharp observation, honed as a naturalist and writer, has left an invaluable record of a unique community and a now-vanished way of life.
  
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