Dolce Far Niente in Arabia: Georg August Wallin & His Travels in the 1840s

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In the 1840s the Finnish Orientalist Georg August Wallin travelled in the Middle East, where he collected material on Arabic dialects. In order to make contact with the local inhabitants he assumed a Muslim identity and disguised himself as the physician 'Abd al-Wali from Central Asia. As an observer he was both inquisitive and sharp-eyed, and therefore well able to document daily life among the urban dwellers of Cairo and the Bedouin of the northern Arabian Peninsula. His unique material is preserved in diaries and letters ...

Dolce Far Niente in Arabia: Georg August Wallin & His Travels in the 1840s 2014, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen

ISBN-13: 9788763543040

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