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Record Number: 33580


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Then Yusuf, who is ten, read out the Gospel. He stood straight with the lighted candle in his hand, his face full of seriousness, an impressive little figure under the stars [...] In the childish Arabic, the old story came with a new and homely grace; and we listened, moved and silent, standing like living altars, holding our lighted candles.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

24 Dec 1929

Country:

Iraq

Time

evening
night

Place:

city: Baghdad
location in dwelling: courtyard

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

passive in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Listener:

Freya Stark

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

31 Jan 1893

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Travel writer

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Iraq

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a] [n/a]

Title:

Bible

Genre:

Bible, Read in Arabic, either the Gospel of Mark or Matthew

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
in the courtyard of the house


Source Information:

Record ID:

33580

Source:

Print

Author:

Freya Stark

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Baghdad Sketches: Journeys through Iraq

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1937

Vol:

n/a

Page:

67

Additional Comments:

Pagination is from the 2011 IB Tauris edition. The book was first published by John Murray in London in 1937.

Citation:

Freya Stark, Baghdad Sketches: Journeys through Iraq, (London, 1937), p. 67, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33580, accessed: 15 August 2020


Additional Comments:

Dame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs Perowne, (31 January 1893 9 May 1993) was a British explorer and travel writer. Yusuf was the eldest son of the Syriac Christian family Stark was living with by late 1929; the Christmas Eve reading took place in the courtyard of the house, lit by candles, lanterns and a small bonfire.

   
   
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