First Published: 2011-08-17

 

ADACH publishes the Arabic translation of 'Vanished Cities of Arabia'

 

Translated book is part of the National Library’s 'Visitors of the Arab Orient' series.

 

Middle East Online

Written by Steuart Erskine and illustrated by Major George Henry Benton Fletcher

ABU DHABI – The National Library of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage published the Arabic translation of “Vanished Cities of Arabia” written by Steuart Erskine and illustrated by Major George Henry Benton Fletcher.

The translated book is part of the National Library’s “Visitors of the Arab Orient” series.

Erskine talks about the sunrise in the Jordanian city of Petra, describing it as the most beautiful sunrise she has ever seen in her life. She notes that all those who come from Europe must get their eyes used to the new habit of concentration. Everything in Arabia is visibly old and ancient. Everything that was old must have been scattered. Civilisations emerge and vanish, nations rise, gain a period of welfare and then disappear like the cities that we have come from afar to see their remnants. The goal of this trip becomes the sites of cities whose mention and history have disappeared.

The book contains 28 chapters addressing many cities, including Petra in different periods: the Nabati city, Pharaoh's Treasury (El-Khazneh), the Crusaders' Castle Château de la Valée de Moyse, Karak, the feudal castle, Saha, Deuteronomy, Madaba, Ammon, Philadelphia, Decapolis, Ptolemy II, Greek Theatre, Jerash, Jerassa, the Temple of Artemis, Hippodrome, the Silver Era, Neo-Plutonian, Arab geographers, and Christian pilgrims.

The author unveils many historical surprises such as the whereabouts of the Pharaoh’s Treasury. She offers a rare reading of other plain and mountainous cities and others overlooking the desert or near the sea, searching the hidden of their long deep-rooted history.

The list of illustrations describes the Pharaoh’s Treasury and all what is related to the ancient town of Petra including its entrances, theaters and galleries and those forgotten cities and surrounding areas. There are drawings that illustrate Wadi Musa and Wadi Araba, the sunrise and sunset at the Dead Sea from the Mount of Olives, as well as many of the Roman remnants in Amman, Jerash and its Bab al-Nasr (Gate of Victory), the colonnaded street, the forum, temples, Roman baths and public arena.

The book has been translated by Abdul Ilah Al Mallah.

The National Library at ADACH launched in 2009 the 'Visitors of the Arab Orient' series, as there are tens of works related to the journeys of foreign travellers to the Arab region, particularly the Arabian Gulf region, dating back to different periods of time, which were either completely forgotten or not translated yet to the Arabic language.

The National Library sought to bridge this gap, given the importance of collecting this big material in one place, which provides deeper and greater knowledge, whether through the travels themselves or the characteristics of the region and its culture and heritage during periods when there was little history writing and writing of accounts.

This is why the series of the 'Visitors of the Arab Orient' was launched and tens of works have been published until now. The concern was not to publish these works only, but to check and edit them correctly in order to come out with the smallest possible amount of errors and fallacies.

 

Iraq rejects US criticism of security forces over defeat in Ramadi

Soldier kills comrades in Tunisia barracks shooting

Fierce fighting rocks Yemen as peace hopes fade out

Fukushima nuclear plant wins Qatar contract

UAE launches strategic framework for national space agency

Netanyahu names rightist ally as new Foreign Ministry chief

Hezbollah captures hilltops from Qaeda wing in Syria

Saudi Shiites hold mass funeral for victims of mosque bombing

Sudan targets newspapers in major media crackdown

Iran looks forward to total lifting of sanctions

Syria regime launches air raids around Palmyra

Hezbollah urges broad support for ‘existential battle’ in Syria

Olmert sentenced to eight months for corruption

Nobel Prize-winning John Nash killed in car crash

Blow to Yemen peace efforts as UN conference postponed

US accuses Iraq forces lacking will to fight IS

Weakened by war, Syria regime appears ready for ‘de facto partition’

Iran army ‘needs bigger budget to counter IS’

Saudi Shiites refuse to be provoked by deadly mosque bombing

Iran denies agreement on inspection of military sites

Emirati aid shipment arrives in Yemen port city of Aden

GCC denies air campaign against IS terrorists has failed

Tripoli leaders use migrant issue as they yearn for recognition

‘Islamic State’ takes full control of Iraq-Syria border crossing

Saudi king vows to punish those behind bombing at Shiite mosque

Sudan's Islamists protest against el-Sisi

Saudi mosque attack intended to fan sectarian tension

Islamic State claims Saudi mosque bombing

Israel solicits Platini to sway FIFA

Islamic State reinforces ‘caliphate’ with control of borders

Israeli deputy FM: 'All of it is ours'

Iraqi forces to launch Ramadi offensive

Tunis asks Rome to extradite terror suspect

Suicide bomb attack on Saudi Shiite mosque

Saudi-led coalition warplanes pound Sanaa outskirts

Shebab gunmen raid Kenya village

Kuwait businessman Khorafi dies at 75

IS fighters attack Iraq forces east of Ramadi

Obama offers Tunisia closer security ties

Yemen air strikes continue as Iran calls for talks

Israeli court orders release of Khalida Jarrar

Netanyahu meets with Arab leader Ayman Odeh

U.S. sanctions two companies linked to Iran's plane purchases

Iran supports Yemen talks, denounces foreign interference

IS militants call for attacks on Egypt's judges