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Hamza Bogary describes a bygone way of life that has now irreversibly disappeared. He speaks of life in Mecca before the advent of oil. Only partly autobiographical, the memoir is nevertheless rich in remembered detail based on Bogary's early observations of life in Mecca. He has transformed his knowledge into art through his sense of humor, empathy, and remarkable understanding of human nature. This work not only entertains; it also informs its readers about the Arabia of the first half of the twentieth century in a graphic and fascinating way. The narrator, young Muhaisin, deals with various aspects of Arabian culture, including education, pilgrimages, styles of clothing, slavery, public executions, the status of women, and religion. Muhaisin is frank in his language and vivid in his humor. The reader quickly comes to love the charming and mischievous boy in this universal tale.


About the Author:

Hamza Bogary was born in Mecca in 1932. As an adult, he worked in broadcasting and eventually became deputy minister of information in Saudi Arabia. He wrote and published many stories and essays in Arabic. Saqifat al-Safa, the original of The Sheltered Quarter, was Bogary's last tribute to his own culture and to Arabic literature before his death in 1984.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780292727526
  • Publisher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Publisher Imprint: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Depth: 6
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 8 mm
  • Weight: 240 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0292727526
  • Publisher Date: 01 Jan 1991
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 215 mm
  • No of Pages: 141
  • Series Title: Cmes Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation
  • Sub Title: A Tale of a Boyhood in Mecca
  • Width: 140 mm


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