Arab World
Archaeology and Geology
Fiction and Poetry
Independent Minds
Natural History
Arab World

320 pages, Hardback
228x152mm, Landscape

ISBN-10: 1905299141
ISBN-13: 9781905299140
Arabists of Shemlan
James Craig (Editor) ;  Donald Maitland (Editor) ;  Paul Tempest (Editor)
This collection of essays recounting the adventures and impressions from MECAS students. preserves personal records of many a student, and the Centre's directors and Chief Instructors.

The roots of Britain's involvement with the Arab world delve deep. Covering all 22 members of today's Arab League, the tale is rich and tangled. Patriotic and personal loyalties interplay; economics, politics and history entwine.

For well over two centuries Britain has encouraged among its representatives in the Arab world a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Arabic, and with it a comprehensive appreciation of Islamic civilisation, such as has stemmed from the Arabic-speaking peoples.

The British government founded the Middle East Centre of Arab Studies: MECAS in 1944

Links to contributors:
Duncan Campbell-Smith
James Craig - Sir James Craig GCMG graduated in Oriental langauges (Arabic and Persian) at Oxford and became Lecturer in Arabic at Durham University. In 1955 he was seconded to the Foreign Office as Principal Instructor at the Middle East Center for Arab Studies (MECAS) in Shelman. He joined the Foreign Office substantively in 1956, serving as HM Political Agent in the Trucial States, First Secretary, Beruit, Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Jeddah and Head of Near East and North Africa Department, foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.

He was Ambassador to - Syria between 1976 and 1979, and to Saudi arabia from 1979 to 1984. On retirement, he became Visiting Professor in Arabic at Oxford, Director-General (and subsequently President) of the Middle East Association (MEA), President of the British Society for the Middle East Studies (BRISMES), chairman of the Anglo-Arab Association, and several other committees and conferences connected with the Middle East.

Donald Maitland - Biography coming soon.

Paul Tempest - Paul Tempest attended MECAS from 1966 to 1968 and again for month's refresher in 1974. He was at the Bank of England from 1959 to 1983, including a secondment in 1970-71 as General Manager of the Qatar and Dubai Currency Board. He spent two years with the World Bank in Washington, six with shell International in London and eight years as Director- General of the world Petroleum council. He is currently Vice-President of the British Institute of Energy Economics and Director and CEO of the Windsor Energy group, London.

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