Setting the Desert on Fire
T.E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-18 New edition
By (author) James Barr
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Setting the Desert on Fire by James Barr
Book DescriptionIt is 1916. The Allies are struggling in the Great War. The Ottoman Sultan calls for a pan-Islamic jihad against all non-Muslims except Germans. But Sharif Husein, ruler of the holy city of Mecca, is smarting under Turkish rule, fomenting Arab nationalism and lobbying the British to support him. It seems to the British a good idea secretly to encourage an Arab revolt. "Setting the Desert on Fire" is a masterly account of this key moment made legendary by T. E. Lawrence, but here filled with a wide range of characters including the British Prime Minister Lloyd George, whose desire to capture 'Jerusalem by Christmas' had consequences that reverberate to this day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747585534
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James Barr
Bible and Interpretation: The Collected Essays of James Barr, Hardback (January 2014)
The third of three volumes of James Barr's collected essays. This volumes includes Barr's extensive papers on linguistic matters relating to Biblical Hebrew and Greek, and on biblical translation in the ancient and the modern world.
Line in the Sand, Paperback (April 2013)
"A provocative history ... helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable."-David Ignatius, National Interest
Setting the Desert on Fire, Paperback (July 2009)
"Barr turns history into a drama, with bright writing and a fascinating cast of characters." -Mary Foster, Associated Press
History and Ideology in the Old Testament, Paperback (February 2005)» View all books by James Barr
This book brings together aspects of controversy about the Bible at the end of the millennium with emphasis on the Old Testament and the history of Israel. The central question is how far the Bible gives a vision into a real world of the past and how far it expresses a world imagined for religious reasons by writers who lived centuries later.
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Author Biography - James Barr
James Barr graduated from Oxford with a first in Modern History, went on to write leaders for the Daily Telegraph and now works in the City.
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