Edited by Olivier Salmon, preface by Hussein I El Mudarris
Published in Aleppo in 2011, with text mostly in French but also in English and German, and copiously annotated, it is extraordinary that this work should have been produced during the turmoil of civil war that had already begun. Although the production values leave something to be desired (paper covers, rather indifferent printing), it is a vast and incomparable compendium of writings about Aleppo during the Ottoman period and, as such, an immensely valuable record of what this once great city was.
Following the likes of Thesiger and T E Lawrence, LW takes a walk on the wild side around the Arabian Peninsula and tells fascinating stories of a kind we don’t often come across in the media. Author of ‘Walking the Himalayas’.