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

295 pages, Casebound
135x215mm, Portrait

ISBN-10: 1900988429
ISBN-13: 9781900988421
Bright Levant
This is a wry account of Middle Eastern history from the First World War to the years following the Second. Laurence Grafftey-Smith was a member of the Levant Consular Service from 1916-1947. He gives a fascinating glimpse into the machinations and negotiations that lurked behind the newspaper headlines, including Churchill's famous encounter with King Ibn Saud in Cairo, which the author helped to arrange. Bright Levant gives a unique insight into a vanished world.
Lawrence Grafftey-Smith - Biography coming soon.

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.

Related title(s):
Arabists of Shemlan By James Craig (Editor) ;  Donald Maitland (Editor) ;  Paul Tempest (Editor)
Envoys to the Arab World: Volume II, The Mecas Memoirs, 1944-2009 By James Craig (Editor) ;  Donald Maitland (Editor) ;  Paul Tempest (Editor)