Freya Stark in the Levant

Malise Ruthven


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In 1927 Freya Stark stayed in Beirut, taking lessons to improve her Arabic, before moving on to Damascus in 1928. Returning in 1939 to Aleppo, and again in the 1950s to explore the deserted Byzantine cities of the Orontes valley, for Freya Stark the Levant was the foundation for her love of the Middle East. This volume includes some of her best photographs.

Malise Ruthven is a writer with the B.B.C. Arabic and world Service, and a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs. A former professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion, he is the author of several books on Islam, including Islam: A Very Short Introduction and Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America.