Item description for The Lost Oases by Ahmed Hassanein Bey...
In The Lost Oases, Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Hassanein tells how he set out by camel from Egypt's Mediterranean coast west of Mersa Matruh, heading for the oases of Siwa and Kufra and into the unknown reaches of the Libyan Desert. His perilous eight-month journey in 1923 took him around the western edges of the Great Sand Sea to El Obeid in the Sudan, a distance of 2200 miles, and lead him to the discovery of the lost oases of Arkenu and Uweinat at the extreme southwest corner of Egypt. At Uweinat, Hassanein was amazed to find rock drawings of animals, including lions, giraffes, ostriches, and gazelles. He was deep in the trackless desert, but what he had found was evidence of a flourishing human existence ten thousand years ago, and proof that the Sahara was once green. Hassanein's discovery excited the imaginations of later European explorers such as Ralph Bagnold and Ladislaus Almsy, the model for the eponymous character in The English Patient. But Hassanein was there first, traveling by camel with Bedouin guides, encountering the mysterious Senussi brotherhood in Libya, and confirming the existence of the long-forgotten oases. Long out of print, The Lost Oases is now available for another generation of readers in this new edition, which includes a foreword by author Michael Haag on Hassanein, his life, and his accomplishments. Copiously illustrated with Hassanein's own photographs, this is a gripping travel narrative by one of Egypt's most important explorers.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.86" Weight: 1.39 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774249801 ISBN13 9789774249808
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Essential for Desert lovers Apr 14, 2010
Ahmed Hassanein Bey's book is a description of his desert trek in 1923, where he discovered two lost oases & was finally able to place them on the map. The details in the book are plenty & some readers may find mundane & even irrelevant but in the context of the trip itself it all makes sense & adds to his adventure more colour & texture. This book is a must read for desert-lovers & anyone who enjoyed Philby & Thesiger books.