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Mairs Rachel


Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)


157,45 PLN
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Rachel Mairs is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading UK. Her publications include Archaeologists Tourists and Interpreters (Bloomsbury 2015).An insight into the remarkable diversity of foreign travellers in that period including women and minority ethnic groupsA detective tale of the discovery and transcription of a unique piece of documentary evidenceAdds to the growing discourse about invisible people in the early exploration and discovery of ancient culturesProvides a counterpart to wellknown accounts of travel in the region by revealing the story of a guide and interpreter rather than the travellers themselvesRachel Mairs is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading UK. She has published widely on the archaeology and culture of the near east and Egypt including with Maya Muratov Archaeologists Tourists Interpreters: Exploring Egypt and the Near East in the late 19thearly 20th Centuries (Bloomsbury 2015) and The Hellenistic Far East: Archaeology Language and Identity in Greek Central Asia (2014).In 2014 a collection of papers was found on eBay: a scrapbook inside which was written śTestimonial Book of Dragoman Solomon N. Negima. The letters pasted into the testimonial book bear recommendations of Negimas services as dragoman a combination of tourist guide and interpreter in the Holy Land from travellers of different nationalities social classes religions genders and races.Using these reference letters and the firsthand published and unpublished accounts of the travellers themselves this book tells the stories of several such tourists including the intrepid Victorian female traveller Ellen E. Miller and an AfricanAmerican minister Rev. Charles T. Walker who had been born into slavery. Between the lines of others letters Solomon Negimas remarkable life story also emerges: from a German mission school in Jerusalem to the British army in the Sudan to a successful career as a dragoman in Palestine and Syria and finally to comfortable retirement with his son Aziz and daughter Olinda at a Mormon mission in Jerusalem.The discovery of this unique scrapbook allows us an insight into the lives of individuals whose histories would otherwise be lost to us and a new perspective on the history of travel in the Middle East.The unpublished personal scrapbook of a dragoman (tourist guide) named Solomon Negima reveals the diversity of the westerners who travelled in the śHoly Land in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.AcknowledgementsFiguresTimeline1. Introduction 2. The Sudan 18853. Tourists and Pilgrims4. Alone Through Syria5. Rev. Charles T. Walker6. Floyd House7. The LettersNotesBibliographyIndex[A] fresh perspective on travels to the Holy Land.This treasure trove of personal endorsements from tourists of different nationalities religions and social classes tell a story of a remarkable life.The book is the outcome of interdisciplinary research on the popularization of tourism at the turn to the twent

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