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Record Number: 33582


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'When we had looked over the crumbling edge, the population took us to their mosque, in whose ruin a wooden minbar with date carved upon it gave the presumable age of Sanahiye's prosperity. It belonged to the year AH 693 (1293 AD). The script was not completely clear and the schoolmaster came to help, an ancient man nearly blind and all grey to his sparse chisel beard and formless shirt, and the agate bead or Sawwama he wore round his neck against toothache. The population looked at him with affectionate veneration while he pronounced the words after me, pretending to read them himself: indeed, he was almost too blind to read anything at all, but doubtless knew enough of the Quran by heart to keep his flock in their appointed ways.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Nov 1937 and 24 Nov 1937

Country:

Yemen

Time

daytime

Place:

city: Sanahiye
county: Tarim
specific address: mosque

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

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:

Yemen

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a] [n/a]

Title:

Koran

Genre:

Other religious, Inscription from the Quran on the minbar, read aloud in Arabic

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

Inscription on the wooden minbar, dated from 1293

Provenance

read in situ
in the ruined mosque of Sanahiye


Source Information:

Record ID:

33582

Source:

Print

Author:

Freya Stark

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Winter in Arabia: A Journey through Yemen

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1972

Vol:

n/a

Page:

23

Additional Comments:

Pagination is from the 2011 IB Tauris edition. The book was first published by John Murray in London in 1972.

Citation:

Freya Stark, A Winter in Arabia: A Journey through Yemen, (London, 1972), p. 23, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33582, accessed: 13 August 2020


Additional Comments:

Dame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs Perowne, (31 January 1893 9 May 1993) was a British explorer and travel writer. Sanahiye is on the main road from Tarim to Seiyun in the Kathiri State of Seiyun, part of the British Aden Protectorate from 1869 until 1967.

   
   
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