Marcel Kurpershoek studied Arabic at the Leiden University and at Cairo University. He has served the Dutch foreign service in Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia and is the author of several books on Bedouin poetry.
ARBIA OF THE BEDOUINS
This remarkable record of Marcel Kurpershoek’s expedition and encounters in the Saudi Arabian desert in the late 1980s details his search for the living chronicle of Saudi Arabia—the oral poetry of the Bedouins. In the vast desert, Kurpershoek discovered poets who composed verses celebrating bravery and feats of arms, especially those of the poet ad-Dindan—proof of the authenticity of the pre-Islamic tradition in Arabian oral poetry. Part travelogue, and part book of poems, this book offers valuable insight into contemporary and traditional Saudi society.
Publisher: SAQI BOOKS