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Croatia (Paperback): Barnaby Rogerson Croatia (Paperback)
Barnaby Rogerson
R303 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R91 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume is not a guide of where to stay and what to do, rather it is a collection of writing that aims to invest the traveller with a cultural and historical background to Croatia, which will give life and meaning into the sights, sounds and tastes that the traveller will experience.

The Prophet Muhammad - How Islam was Born (Paperback): Barnaby Rogerson The Prophet Muhammad - How Islam was Born (Paperback)
Barnaby Rogerson 1
R234 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ignorance about Islam runs deep in the West - ignorance of its rites, its beliefs, and above all its prophet. Who was Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and the man Muslims believe was God's last prophet on earth? In this concise and colourful account, the acclaimed writer and broadcaster Barnaby Rogerson tells the story of the illiterate orphan who was raised in the desert and trained as a merchant on the camel trade routes that criss-crossed Arabia, before defying his tribe to found a new religion, establish a world language, and create an almost unstoppable force that only 100 years after his death has conquered an empire stretching from the Pyrenees to the Hindu Kush. It was when he was 40 that Muhammad experienced his first revelation on a mountainside outside Mecca, hearing the divine order: "Recite!" From then until his flight from Mecca his tale is one of rejection and persecution, but it is also one of puzzling contradictions: why did he order the murder of a Jewish tribe? And why did he marry 10 times himself while restricting Muslims to four wives? Barnaby Rogerson examines his puzzling life, and how it has laid the foundation for a "clash of civilisations" between the Muslim and Christian worlds.

Let It Come Down (Paperback, New Ed): Paul Bowles Let It Come Down (Paperback, New Ed)
Paul Bowles; Introduction by Barnaby Rogerson
R321 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R104 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Leaving his uneventful life in America behind him, Nelson Dyer sails to Tangier to take up work in a travel agency run by an old acquaintance Jack Wilcox. From his arrival he begins to explore the dark underworld of the city; its bars and brothels, its erotic film shows and suspect financial arrangements; its aristocracy and its prostitutes. Determined to make something happen in his new life, he is drawn into a series of increasingly sinister events from which there seems little chance of escape.

Rogerson's Book of Numbers - The culture of numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World (Paperback, Main):... Rogerson's Book of Numbers - The culture of numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World (Paperback, Main)
Barnaby Rogerson 1
R211 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R52 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Rogerson's Book of Numbers tells the stories behind our iconic numbers. It is based on a numerical array of virtues, spiritual attributes, gods, devils, sacred cities, powers, calendars, heroes, saints, icons and cultural symbols. It provides a dazzling mass of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore and popular culture, in music and poetry, and in the many religions, cultures and belief systems of our world. The stories unfold from millions to zero: from the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, the twelve signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a pack of cards. Along the way you will discover why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number eleven, and why thirteen is so unlucky in the west while fourteen is the number to avoid in China. Now available as a paperback, this is your pocket-book guide to the numerical mysteries of the universe.

The Last Storytellers - Tales from the Heart of Morocco (Paperback): Richard Hamilton The Last Storytellers - Tales from the Heart of Morocco (Paperback)
Richard Hamilton; Foreword by Barnaby Rogerson
R302 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R67 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco's ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences. But this unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation is teetering on the brink of extinction. The competing distractions of television, movies and the internet have drawn the crowds away from the storytellers and few have the desire to learn the stories and continue their legacy. Richard Hamilton has witnessed at first hand the death throes of this rich and captivating tradition and, in the labyrinth of the Marrakech medina, has tracked down the last few remaining storytellers, recording stories that are replete with the mysteries and beauty of the Maghreb.

The Last Crusaders - East, West and the Battle for the Centre of the World (Paperback): Barnaby Rogerson The Last Crusaders - East, West and the Battle for the Centre of the World (Paperback)
Barnaby Rogerson
R352 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R58 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Last Crusaders is about the titanic contest between Hadsburg-led Christendom and the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the last great conflict between East and West - the battles that were fought and the men who led the armies that fought them. It was, in its way, the first world war.

London (Paperback): Barnaby Rogerson London (Paperback)
Barnaby Rogerson
R162 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R50 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the first book in a new series of pocket-sized poetry books for travelers and poetry lovers who seek inspiration while on a bus, subway train, or taxi, or while waiting for a museum to open. Here is the poetry of London, from the up-beat rap-poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah to Wordsworth's dawn sigh. From the catchpenny verses of Oranges and Lemons and London Bridge is Falling Down, to the ecstatic visions of Keats, Milton, and Blake. From the first lines of Anglo-Saxon verse to lines retrieved from a bar last year. It's a collection full of irony, delight, and personal grief. Some other poets included are Shakespeare. T.S. Eliot, Alan Jenkins, John Betjeman, Bacon, Wilde, and Blake.

Meetings With Remarkable Muslims (Paperback): Rose Baring, Barnaby Rogerson Meetings With Remarkable Muslims (Paperback)
Rose Baring, Barnaby Rogerson
R308 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R91 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Meetings with Remarkable Muslims is a collection of travel writing celebrating friendship and the chance encounters that unexpectedly enrich our lives, which shows the diversity of the modern Islamic world and the way in which it continues to inspire, bemuse and enrich the western imagination. What shines through these many stories is our common humanity - the need, indeed the urge, to earn, to love, to protect, to enjoy and to make a sense of life.

In Search of Ancient North Africa - A History in Six Lives (Hardcover): Barnaby Rogerson In Search of Ancient North Africa - A History in Six Lives (Hardcover)
Barnaby Rogerson 1
R492 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R107 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

For 40 years, Barnaby Rogerson has travelled across North Africa, making sense of the region's complex and fascinating history as both a writer and a guide. Throughout that time, there have always been a handful of stories he could not pin into neat, tidy narratives; stories that were not distinctly good or bad, tragic or pathetic, selfish or heroic, malicious or noble. This book, neither a work of history nor travel writing, is a journey into the ruins of a landscape to make sense of these stories through the lives of five men and one woman. A sacrificial refugee (Queen Dido), a prisoner-of-war who became a compliant tool of the Roman Empire (King Juba), an unpromising provincial who, as Emperor, brought the Empire to its dazzling apogee (Septimius Severus), an intellectual careerist who became a bishop and a saint (St Augustine), the greatest General the world has ever known (Hannibal), and the Berber Cavalry General who eventually defeated him (Masinissa). Though all six lives have been clouded with as much myth as fact, the destinies of these North African figures remain highly relevant today. Their descendants are faced with the same choices: Do you stay pure to your own culture and fight against the power of the West, or do you study and assimilate this other culture, and utilise its skills? Will it greet you as an ally only to own you as a slave? The chosen heroes of this book represent classical North Africa, and not the familiar drum roll of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, Hadrian, Constantine and Justinian. In between these life stories, we explore ruins which tell their own tales and see the multiple interconnections that bind the culture of this region with the wider world, particularly the spiritual traditions of the ancient Near East.

Cadogan Guides Marrakesh, Fez & Rabat (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Barnaby Rogerson Cadogan Guides Marrakesh, Fez & Rabat (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Barnaby Rogerson
R397 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R34 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Learn how to barter and where to get the best bargains! Bursting with personal knowledge and practical information from a renowned expert on Morocco, this guidebook reveals the secrets of these three unique imperial cities and delivers complete insights into their history, religion, culture, and architecture. Full-color photos. Maps.

Marrakesh (Paperback): Barnaby Rogerson Marrakesh (Paperback)
Barnaby Rogerson
R309 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R91 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Marrakesh is perhaps the most fashionable, talked about, photographed city in Africa. This volume explores the city's mystique through the researches, speculations and scholarship of 40 travel writers who have succumbed to the enhancement of the city.

Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Barnaby Rogerson Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Barnaby Rogerson
R306 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R102 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This title feature a dynamic two-color layout for easy navigation. The color section gives a photographic overview of the region, together with special features of the region, tailored itineraries and lists of the best things to do. It features full-color touring maps of the whole region. It has extensive listings of hotels and restaurants - all personally recommended for a really local flavor. It contains 'Top Don't Miss' sights for each regional chapter, plus 'Author Choices' of personal favorite places to stay and eat. It explores the winding alleys and interlocking courtyards of each of the three imperial cities. It helps you discover the snake charmers and magicians of Marrakesh, the hidden shrines and spice markets of medieval Fez, and the elegant monuments of modern-minded Rabat. It includes detailed coverage of nearby day-trip destinations from each of the three cities, including the Ourika Valley, Essaouira, Meknes, and Casablanca.

Wanderings in Arabia - The Authorised Abridged Edition of 'travels in Arabia Deserta' (Paperback): Charles M. Doughty Wanderings in Arabia - The Authorised Abridged Edition of 'travels in Arabia Deserta' (Paperback)
Charles M. Doughty; Introduction by Edward Garnett; Foreword by Barnaby Rogerson
R369 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R76 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Travels in Arabia Deserta" is considered to be one of the finest books ever written on Arabia, admired for the beauty of its prose and valued as being one of the most important nineteenth-century portraits of Arabia and its peoples. Embarking on an adventure that had not been attempted by even the most intrepid explorers of the day, Charles Doughty travelled for nearly two years through the desert interior of the great Arabian Peninsula. Openly proclaiming himself a Christian and an Englishman, Doughty wandered through the desert, living with and as a bedouin, experiencing and recording a way of life that has now disappeared forever. His account - published here in paperback for the first time - is a truly indispensable classic of travel literature on the Middle East.

Wanderings in Arabia - The Authorised Abridged Edition of 'travels in Arabia Deserta' (Hardcover): Charles M. Doughty Wanderings in Arabia - The Authorised Abridged Edition of 'travels in Arabia Deserta' (Hardcover)
Charles M. Doughty; Introduction by Edward Garnett; Foreword by Barnaby Rogerson
R954 R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Save R255 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Travels in Arabia Deserta" is considered to be one of the finest books ever written on Arabia, admired for the beauty of its prose and valued as being one of the most important 19th century portraits of Arabia and its people. Embarking on an adventure that had not been attempted by even the most intrepid explorers of the day, Charles Doughty travelled for nearly two years through the desert interior of the great Arabian Peninsula.Openly proclaiming himself a Christian and an Englishman, Doughty wandered through the desert, living with and as a bedouin, experiencing and recording a way of life that has now disappeared forever. His account - published here in paperback for the first time is a truly indispensable classic of travel literature on the Middle East. First published in two volumes in 1888, this authorised single-volume abridgement by Edward Garnett, the noted Bloomsbury author, was re-discovered by TE Lawrence in the 1920s and with his enthusiastic support became recognised as the milestone of travel literature that it truly is.

A Traveller's History of North Africa (Paperback, 2nd edition): Barnaby Rogerson A Traveller's History of North Africa (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Barnaby Rogerson
R305 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R18 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Rogerson shows a mastery of his subject in this clear and literate history of the Maghrib . . . A fascinating account that should appeal not merely to travellers seeking an understanding of the region but also general readers with a taste for history. Recommended".--"Library Journal". Illustrations. Maps.

The Prophet Muhammad (Hardcover): Barnaby Rogerson The Prophet Muhammad (Hardcover)
Barnaby Rogerson
R408 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R35 (9%) Special order

In this fascinating and insightful biography, Barnaby Rogerson explores the life and times of Muhammad. Vividly describing the sixth-century Arabia where Muhammad was born, Rogerson charts his early years among the flocks, the caravans and the markets of his native Mecca; the night he received his religious vision; the perilous years of reciting the revelations in Mecca; his escape to Yathrib (Medina) and his subsequent battles. In his lifetime Muhammad established a new religion, Islam; a new state, the first united Arabia; and a new literary language--the classical Arabic of the Qur'an. A generation after his death, he would be acknowledged as the founder of a world empire and a new civilization. Any one of these achievements would be more than enough to permanently establish his genius, but Muhammad also managed to stay true to himself and retained to his last days the humility, courtesy and humanity that he had learned as an orphan and shepherd boy in central Arabia. If one looks for a parallel example in the history of Christianity, one would have to combine Paul the Apostle with the Emperor Constantine and Francis of Assisi. In a world where the understanding of religions is ever more essential, Barnaby Rogerson's book could not be better timed. A sharp, thoughtful, open-minded account, it brilliantly captures the historical resonance of this man-leader, visionary, and prophet. A book that will forever change the way you think about Islam.

The Heirs of Muhammad - Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Split (Hardcover): Barnaby Rogerson The Heirs of Muhammad - Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Split (Hardcover)
Barnaby Rogerson
R511 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R51 (10%) Special order
The Last Crusaders - The Hundred-Year Battle for the Centre of the World (Hardcover): Barnaby Rogerson The Last Crusaders - The Hundred-Year Battle for the Centre of the World (Hardcover)
Barnaby Rogerson
R645 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R69 (11%) Special order

An exploration of the later Cruades, written "with the skill of a historian and the flair of a novelist" (The Guardian")
The Crusades were the bridge between medievl and modern history, between feudalism and colonialism. In many ways, the lttle explored later Crusades were the most significant of them all, for thy made the crisis truly global. "The Last Crusaders" is about the perio's last great conflict between East and West, and the titanic contest betwee Habsburg-led Christendom and the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth and ixteenth centuries. From the great naval campaigns and the ferocious struggl to dominate the North African shore, the conflict spread out along trde routes, consuming nations and cultures, destroying dynasties, and spawing the first colonial empires in South America and the Indian Ocean.
The Last Crsaders" is narrative history at its richest and most compelling. REVIW: "This is an ambitious project and The Last Crusaders provides narrative history on the grand scale." --"Daily Telegraph"
"Barnaby Rogerson paints a vivid canvas, sweeping n scope and full of memorable detail...The author is especially good at narrating in gripping, andoften grisly, detail the great sieges and battles that punctuated thi struggle. The book is furnished with excellent maps, a useful chronologial chart, numerous illustrations, and a very full bibliography. The wriing is engaging and vivid, never pedantic. Any history buff will find this bok a pleasure." -"ForeWord Review"
"Rogerson's narrative colorsthe conflicts of the sixteenth century with the derring-do of kings, corsair, and crusaders; this book will keep readers up long past bedtime" -- "Foreord Magazine"
"This thoroughly readable book provides a vibrant ad well-organized account of this tumultuous, lesser-known period of histoy. Highly recommended for both students and general readers." - "Library Jornal" STARRED REVIEW
""The Last Crusaders" is a fascinating istory of the great conflict between Christianity and Islam from the mid-140s to the mid-1500s...Rogerson proves himself a skillful storyteller as he recunts the deeds and misdeeds of both sides." -"Internet Review of Books"AUTHORBIO: Barnaby Rogerson is the author of more than a dozen books, ncluding "The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam's First Century and the Origins ofthe Sunni-Shia Schism, The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography, and A History of Noth Africa." He has lived and worked in many parts of the Arab world, and currently resides in London.

North Africa - A History from the Mediterranean Shore to the Sahara (Paperback, Revised ed.): Barnaby Rogerson North Africa - A History from the Mediterranean Shore to the Sahara (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Barnaby Rogerson
R304 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R55 (18%) Special order

Updated to cover recent events in Libya and elsewhere in North Africa, this guide to the history and culture of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria covers the region from its earliest beginnings to life today. North Africa is surrounded by the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and, to the south, the sands of the Sahara. It has seen waves of invasion, from the Carthaginians to the French in the 20th century. Its peoples have assimilated what suits them and remained aloof to what does not. Onto this complex background, Barnaby Rogerson weaves a cast of memorable characters from Dido to Hannibal and St Augustine, alongside local heroes such as the Berber queen Kahina and the horseback Muslim conqueror Oqba Ibn Nafi'. North Africa includes a chronology of major events, a historical gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text, and historical maps.

Desert Air - Arabia, Deserts and the Orient of the Imagination (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Barnaby Rogerson Desert Air - Arabia, Deserts and the Orient of the Imagination (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Barnaby Rogerson
R137 R111 Discovery Miles 1 110 Save R26 (19%) Special order

A pocket-sized collection of all the favourite verses that have inspired desert travellers. This collection of poems delights in constructing a sensual Orient of the imagination, from the seven golden odes of Pre-Islamic Arabia to the fevered visions of Coleridge. It is a place where sand dunes bear the impress of a lover, a land ruled by honour and hospitality, where poets and warriors are esteemed, where the sons of noble sheikhs labour in dignity as shepherds, but Kings are imprisoned within the cruelties of their palaces.

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