In the Shadow of Islam (Paperback)

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An extraordinary evocation of the desert and its people by a woman who dressed as a man in order to travel alone and unimpeded throughout North Africa In 1897 Isabelle Eberhardt, at the age of 20, left an already unconventional life in Geneva for the Morroccan frontier. Gripped by spiritual restlessness and the desire to break free from the confinements of her society she traveled into the desert, and into the heart of Islam. Her experiences inspired a profound self-examination, and a book that today is regarded as one of the true classics of travel writing. In the current political climate, it is also a book uncannily current in its treatment of the culture of Islam in North Africa. One of the most astonishing travel documents of all time, this book is also a feminist classic in its own right.

About the Author

Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) was an explorer and writer who lived and traveled extensively in North Africa. Her writings were collected in The Nomad and The Oblivion Seekers.

Praise For…

"A compelling narrative and an ideal starting point from which to discover more about Isabelle Eberhardt's picaresque life."  —Times Literary Supplement

"Her writings, and her sheer modernity, stand up to modern scrutiny."  —Daily Telegraph

Product Details
ISBN: 9780720615876
ISBN-10: 0720615879
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Publication Date: May 1st, 2014
Pages: 188
Language: English