- Tapa blanda: 508 páginas
- Editor: Cornell University Library (1 de junio de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ASIN: B002EQA6XY
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Amurath to Amurath (1911) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – Texto grande, 1 jun 2009
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Originally published in 1911. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.
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The author lists dozens of Arab villages that she visited, but provides scant details about the villagers themselves (okay, most were peasant farmers). She briefly -- briefly -- describes the many dilapidated, old, broken buildings/forts//shrines that she saw -- and took many photographs of them. She regales the local history of how some ancient king/sheikh traveled along some dusty trail to establish some hamlet/village/trading center -- as noted in some dusty book -- but just after so many, many, many ancient names that all just seem to jumble together into some meaningless narration. She describes many crumbled, ancient buildings -- and usually refers the readers to some British or French archeologist who has already written an article in some journal about the ruined site.
Her photographs are extensive and nice to view (if you enjoy looking at mounds of partially crumbling buildings), in realizing how imposing, 3-4- story buildings were constructed out in the "desert" hundreds of years ago, and are still standing today -- but only partially -- of imperial visions crumbing now into but mere dust.
Regarding some local villagers, Ms. Bell asked one Muslim Turkish officer: "I have heard that all are equal," said I, "and that Christian and Moslem will serve together in the army. What think you?" "Without doubt the Christians may serve," he answered, "but they cannot command." (p. 20). Sadly, Ms. Bell did not follow up by asking: "Why not"?
Ms. Bell asked another Muslim: "I asked what he thought of the scheme for enlisting Christians. 'Why not?' said he. 'The Christians should help the Moslems to bear the burden of military service.; An then he added, 'If there be no treachery.'
"There was no need to ask him what he meant by the last phrase. I had heard too often from the lips of Christians the expression of a helpless fear that the new regime must founder in blood and anarchy, after which the nations of Europe would step in, please God, and take Turkey for themselves." (p.64) "This forecast was not by any means confined to the Christians, but they, of all others, should have refrained from putting it into words, for it did not encourage patriots like Mahmud to believe in their loyalty." (p.65).
Military duty: "It had been given out that all the subjects of the sultan would...be called upon to perform military service....a hundred young men of the Jewish community applied for leaver to enter military school so that they might lose no time in qualifying to serve as officer....The Christians showed no similar desire...all those who were in appears with the payment of their exemption money hasted to make good the sum due...." (p. 187).
Ms. Bell apparently consulted many previous articles that had been written by archeologists who had already traveled through Syria (Ottoman Turkey). She used those studies to determine whether or not their article's monuments were still standing or had deteriorated. Ms. Bell noted that some of the Arabs she met presumed that her archological research was just a disguise for her possible spying for the British government.
The casual reader will learn little from this book: I learned little. The author wrote about one of the many dirt paths she traveled along: "The road was entirely without interest" (p. 70), which is really a reflection of my view of the author's book. I applaud her bravery in traveling throughout Greater Syria, but so little cultural or political insight is to be found from her book.
A book only a bored Middle Eastern archeologist could love.