This book traces the history of the camel from its origins millions of years ago through to the present day, discussing such matters of current concern as the plight of camel herders in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, the alarming increase in the population of feral camels in Australia, and the endangered status of the wild Bactrian in Mongolia and China. Not just for camel aficionados, this book is sure to entertain and inform anyone interested in this fascinating and much-maligned animal.
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Series: Animal Series
01 June 2010
Introduction 1 Physiology and Psychology 2 Ancestors of the Camel 3 Practical Camel 4 Camels in the Medieval World of Islam 5 The Beauty of the Beast: Literature and Art 6 The Camel's Role in History 7 Modernity's Camel Timeline of the Camel References Select Bibliography Associations and Websites Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index
Robert Irwin is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and the Middle East editor of the The Times Literary Supplement. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Reviews for Camel
A bold and fascinating series The Independent This series ... calls itself a new kind of animal history . It is, splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it The Spectator