Author(s): Robert Irwin


A distinct symbol of the desert and the Middle East, the camel was once unkindly described as half snake, half folding bedstead. But in the eyes of many the camel is a creature of great beauty. This book explores why the camel has fascinated so many cultures, including those in places where camels are not indigenous.


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Robert Irwin is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and the Middle East editor of the The Times Literary Supplement. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Introduction 1 Physiology and Psychology 2 Ancestors of the Camel 3 Practical Camel 4 Camels in the Medieval World of Islam 5 The Beauty of the Beast: Literature and Art 6 The Camel's Role in History 7 Modernity's Camel Timeline of the Camel References Select Bibliography Associations and Websites Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index

General Fields

  • : 9781861896490
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : May 2010
  • : 190mm X 135mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Robert Irwin
  • : Paperback
  • : 636.295
  • : 224
  • : 100illus.(60col.)