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Married To A Bedouin

Marguerite van Geldermalsen

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Little Brown
01 January 2010
New Zealand born nurse Marguerite van Geldermalsen first visited the lost city Petra with her friend Elizabeth in 1978 on a sightseeing tour of the ancient world. Already looking forward to her beach holiday at the end of the trip, little did Maguerite know she was about to meet the man she would marry, the charismatic Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin craftsman of the Manajah tribe.

A life with Mohammad meant moving into his ancient cave and learning to love the regular tasks of baking shrak bread on an open fire and collecting water from the spring. But as Marguerite feels herself becoming part of the Bedouin community, she is thankful for the twist in fate that has led her to this contented life.

Marguerite s light-hearted and guileless observations of the people she comes to love are as heart-warming as they are valuable, charting Bedouin traditions now lost to the modern world.
By:   Marguerite van Geldermalsen
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 205mm,  Width: 173mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   246g
ISBN:   9781844082209
ISBN 10:   1844082202
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 January 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marguerite is from New Zealand. In 1978 she met Mohammad Abdallah in Petra, Jordan, married him and moved into his Nabataean cave. In 1985 they moved to the new Bedouin settlement, Umm Sayhoon. She was widowed in 2002. She has three children.

Reviews for Married To A Bedouin

For anyone who enjoys travel books, especially about the Middle East, this is the real thing - a fascinating account of life as a Bedouin in the late twentieth century written by a Western woman Mary S. Lovell In a world troubled by Arab extremism, this sparkling memoir is a refreshing antidote and a rare window into the legendary hospitality and mysterious customs of the Bedouin Arabs' Publishing News


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