Amurath to Amurath

About the Author: Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist.

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  • Paperback
  • 504 pages
  • Amurath to Amurath
  • Gertrude Bell
  • English
  • 18 April 2017
  • 9780971598690

Amurath to AmurathGertrude Bell Began Her Extensive Travels In The Near East In 1892 Due To Her Extensive Knowledge Of The Area, She Became A Target For Recruitment By British Intelligence Later, She Held The Office Of Oriental Secretary To The High Commissioner In Baghdad, And Helped In Creating The Modern State Of Iraq Amurath To Amurath Is An Account Of Some Of Her Travels In The Middle East

10 thoughts on “Amurath to Amurath

  1. Strivetoengage says:

    Gertrude Bell is my hero I ve never had a hero before and it s amazing to discover one at the age of 39 In 1909 she travelled from Aleppo in Syria following the Euphrates River to Baghdad, across to Mosul, up into the Kudish mountains then across the watershed divide that separates Asia from Europe and on to Karadagh in Turkey, during the great turmoil of the dying days of the Ottoman Empire Can you imagine that What a woman Sadly she also set up modern Iraq in all its troubled state and that s a terrible legacy to leave behind So, I should clarify that I do not admire that aspect of her life but instead I admire her indomitable spirit of seeking connections and adventures One of Oxford University s most brilliant students, the greatest woman mountaineer of her age, an archaeologist and linguist, passionate, unhappy and rich, Bell saw in Arab male society, and what US President Woodrow Wilson called the whole disgusting scramble for the Middle East after the first world war, opportunities that were unthinkable at home Bell travelled with a small caravan and guides and helpers who set up her camp, cooked for her and assisted with archeological work along the way Bell followed a route that took her to many significant sites of archeological interest of Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, early Arab, Assyrian and other civilizations.Below are a collection of my reflections and quotes from the book, a...

  2. Paul Bakely says:

    Gertrude Bell s terrific memoir of explorations along the Euphrates and Tigris in 1908 1909 She was documenting archeological sites, establishing contacts with local people, and having many adventures, experie...

  3. Diane says:

    I have long been fascinated by Gertrude Bell but this is the first book by or about her that I have read It was probably not a good choice to read first It starts out with no introduction and no context Why is Bell in Mesopotamia in 1909 What is the revolution she refers to Is Bell working for the British government or independently wealthy AND there is no useful map I did some Googling and slowly began to have a picture pretty dim but enough to continue reading Bell is traveling across Mesopotamia along the Euphrates River from Aleppo to Bagdad and return by a different route She has obviously traveled a lot in the middle east and I was impressed with her understanding of the cultures and her ability to speak at least a couple of the languages She is obsessed with early archeology and plans her travels so she can document and photograph early archeological sites One of the most interesting things was how well she was accepted by the local male dominated culture She is treated with great respect and invited to dine or have coffee with all the important male leaders The Arabic men who work for her obviously admire and respect her At one point she is with a tribal leader, and as they ride across the desert they are accosted by another group Bell draws her pistol and along with the tribesmen prepares for a fight The headman gives his horse to Bell and goes to meet the enemy he is abl...