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Description - Perfumes of Araby by Harold F. Jacob

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Fenton Jacob (1866-1936) was an officer in the British Army who spent the majority of his time in service in Yemen. First published in 1915, "Perfumes of Araby" is a collection of thirteen vignettes of tribal life in the first decades of the twentieth century, or as the author himself describes them, "silhouettes...of Arab character, their life, thoughts, feelings and wayward moods". Topics covered by the author include Arab attitudes to alcohol, coffee and qat; family life including marriage and children; warfare; religion; folklore and superstitions; local politics; and attitudes towards the British. Yet no matter what the subject, throughout each account shines the author's obvious affection for the tribesmen and women with whom he lived and worked for the best part of ten years. The result makes for a fascinating insight into what was, and still remains, a little-known Arabian society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859641996
ISBN-10: 1859641997
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 160mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Garnet Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Harold F. Jacob

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Fenton Jacob (1866-1936) was the British Political Agent at Dthala between 1904 and 1907, and then served as First Assistant Resident in Aden between 1910 and 1917. After the outbreak of the First World War he also acted as Chief Political Officer to the Aden Field Force. From 1917-1920 he was advisor on South Western Arabian Affairs to the British High Commissioner in Egypt.