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Antiquities of Jordan

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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A History of Jordan

A History of Jordan

by Philip Robins

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An informative, brief history of Jordan and its monarchy from the 1920s to the present by a professor of politics at Oxford. Robins was previously a Jordan-based correspondent for the BBC and The Guardian. (JRD17, $34.99)

Married to a Bedouin

Married to a Bedouin

by Marguerite Van Geldermalsen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

"Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra. (JRD35, $16.95)

Lonely Planet Jordan

Lonely Planet Jordan

by Jenny Walker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series, featuring maps, tips and much sightseeing information. (JRD16, $24.99)

Jordan Map

Jordan Map

by Cartographia

  • 2007
  • MAP

A folded, colorful map of Jordan at a scale of 1:700,000. (JRD18, $12.00)

 
Arabic, a Language Map

Arabic, a Language Map


by Kristine K. Kershul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases. (ARB70, $8.95)

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East


by National Geographic Maps

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

These maps graphically illustrate the history, politics, people and resources of the Middle East. With 40 photographs and 80 maps, including a two-page spread on each of the 16 nations. (MDE71, $21.95)

A Short History of the Middle East, From Ancient Empires to Islamic State

A Short History of the Middle East, From Ancient Empires to Islamic State


by Gordon Kerr

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

Invitingly short, this chronicle navigates the vast, shifting sands of Middle Eastern history. Gordon Kerr covers the region from prehistory through the rise of the 'Islamic State' with excellent examinations of both the Persian and Ottoman Empires. (MDE238, $16.95)

Excellent Daughters

Excellent Daughters


by Katherine Zoepf

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Deeply informed and heartfelt, Zoepf's report on the lives of women and girls in the Arab world covers societal views on marriage, education, independence, religion and a wealth of other cultural topics. (ARB177, $28.00)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges. (ISL15, $15.95)

Islam, A Very Short Introduction

Islam, A Very Short Introduction


by Malise Ruthven

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 177 PAGES

Ruthven's excellent little book covers Islam and its historical, geographical, political, spiritual and social setting with clarity. (ISL104, $11.95)

Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia


by Scott Anderson

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

The four spies and adventurers who star in this captivating account -- the Briton T.E. Lawrence, the German archaeologist Curt Prufer, the American oil agent William Yale and the Zionist agronomist and spy Aaron Aaronsohn -- played an outsized role in the making of the modern Middle East. (ARB155, $17.95)

Roman Arabia

Roman Arabia


by G.W. Bowersock

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A remarkable history of the Romans in the Arab world. For the traveler with scholarly inclinations, this lucid book provides essential background to the Roman archaeological sites in the Middle East. (MDE12, $29.00)

Petra, The Rose-Red City

Petra, The Rose-Red City


by Christian Auge | Jean-Marie Dentzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • COMING IN AUGUST

Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia includes a detailed overview of individual buildings and sectors within the desert city that was occupied by the Nabataeans from the fourth-century BC, conquered by the Romans and overrun by the Crusaders. (JRD13, $15.95)

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia


by Liddell Hart

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

A lively biography of T. E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), long the standard. With 17 photos and 10 maps. (JRD07, $18.95)

The Young T. E. Lawrence

The Young T. E. Lawrence


by Anthony Sattin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

The untold story of how the young T.E. Lawrence, an awkward archaeologist out of Oxford, first fell in love with Arab culture, embarking on the journey that would transform him into the legendary Lawrence of Arabia. (ARB164, $28.95)

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses


by Bruce Feiler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

An account of a 10,000-mile trek through the Biblical lands of the Middle East in the company of an Israeli archaeologist. It's part travelogue, part pilgrimage, and part quest for religious meaning. (MDE50, $15.99)

Appointment with Death

Appointment with Death


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Hercule Poirot steps into the story when an American tourist on a grand tour of the Holy Land is found murdered in Petra. (JRD02, $13.99)

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist


by Dorothy Gilman

  • MYSTERY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Mrs. Pollifax must smuggle a manuscript out of Jordan, a document that encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign. (JRD32, $7.99)

Women of Sand and Myrrh

Women of Sand and Myrrh


by Hanan Al-Shaykh

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Four women in an unnamed Arab country struggle for personal autonomy in this novel by a Lebanese author known for her beautiful and explicit prose. (MDE196, $15.95)

The Dead Sea and the Jordan River

The Dead Sea and the Jordan River


by Barbara Kreiger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this historical profile, scholar and Dartmouth professor Barbara Kreiger jumps into the history of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, bodies of water that hold immense religious and historical significance, but present a modern-day conservation crisis. (JRD40, $28.00)

Birds of the Middle East

Birds of the Middle East


by Richard Porter | Simon Aspinall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An outstanding guide to 700 species of the birds in the region from the Arabian peninsula to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus. Second edition. (MDE17, $39.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Red Sea

Fishwatcher's Field Guide Red Sea


by Jerry Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1982
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided plastic card shows 64 of the most commonly encountered reef fish of the Red Sea in full-color illustrations, convenient for the boat or beach. (DIV13, $7.50)

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