Tim Mackintosh-Smith studied classical Arabic at Oxford. At the age of twenty-one, like Ibn Battutah, he headed east for the real Arabia. His first book, Yemen: The Unknown Arabia, won the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. Martin Yeoman is a painter, draughtsman, sculptor, and etcher whose work can be found in a number of notable British collections, including those of HM the Queen and HRH the Prince Wales.
"A thoughtful work of an intensely curious scholar who can write
better than most novelists."
--The New York Times Book Review "Learned, smartly observant, and very readable . . . An admirable rarity."
--The New Republic "Intoxicating, dazzlingly erudite, yet full of gentle wit and informed by its author's profound knowledge of Muslim society, this book is a breathtaking achievement."
--Sunday Times (London)