Tag: camels

Tower of Babel, Saudi Style

tabsir , July 27th, 2022

the official website is https://www.neom.com/en-us Long before Abraham/Ibrahim left Ur of the Chaldees for the promised land and became the ancestral icon of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, there…


Seasonal Knowledge and Arab Gulf Almanacs

tabsir , May 28th, 2022

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Seasonal Knowledge and the Almanac Tradition of the Arab Gulf. Details about the book, including a free…


Yemen Film 1973

tabsir , May 15th, 2022

This exquisite film was produced in 1973 and filmed in 1972, thus representing Yemen half a century ago. It is now available on Youtube. The filmmakers were Karen…


Libya in the 1950s

With Pierre Loti in Persia

tabsir , December 8th, 2021

My friend, the historian G. Rex Smith, has recently translated into English a marvelous travel diary by the French military official and traveller Pierre Loti (1850-1923). It is…


Amish Camels

tabsir , March 25th, 2021

The image above, a drawing from the 1850s, epitomizes how the camel has been imagined for everyone in America, the West and just about everywhere outside the area…


Lithographic Camels

tabsir , February 22nd, 2021

I am a fan of 19th century lithographs of images about the Middle East. One of the books with a plethora of such images is Story of the…


Flora of Qatar

tabsir , April 9th, 2016

For anyone interested in photographs of the flora of Qatar, there is a fine website produced by Dr. Alexey Sergeev. You can even search by species. Overall the…