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Freya stark was born in paris where her parents were studying art her mother flora was an italian of polish german descent her father robert an english painter from devon in her lifetime she was famous for her experiences in the middle east her writing and her cartography. Get this from a library freya stark in iraq and kuwait freya stark malise ruthven st antonys college university of oxford middle east archives in the early 1930s freya stark held her only journalists job as a sub editor on the baghdad times where she published her first book baghdad sketches her photographs of the yazidis are unique . For freya stark her experiences in iraq must count amongst her most romantic she first arrived by car in the late 1920s driving across the open desert in the company of pilgrims bound for mecca on a return visit in 1930 the desert was in full bloom with tulips anemones and marigolds and as the guest of a bedouin sheikh she stayed in a tent filled with white mattresses and purple cushions. Freya stark 1893 1993 called the poet of travel was the doyenne of middle east travel writers and one of the most courageous and adventurous female travelers in history she traveled extensively through syria palestine lebanon iran iraq and southern arabia where she became the first western woman to travel through the hadhramaut. Freya stark in iraq kuwait by malise ruthven garnet pub ltd hardcover good spine creases wear to binding and pages from reading may contain limited notes underlining or highlighting that does affect the text possible ex library copy will have the markings and stickers associated from the library accessories such as cd codes toys may not be included