In an antique land The cover proclaims IAAL “History in the guise of a traveller’s tale,” and the multi-generic book moves back and forth between Ghosh’s. Once upon a time an Indian writer named Amitav Ghosh set out to find an Indian slave, name unknown, who some seven hundred years before had traveled to. In An Antique Land is written by the anthropologist, Amitav Ghosh and the publishers marketed it as ‘..a subversive history in the guise of a.

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They had their textbooks with them and they were taking advantage of the comparative quiet of the fields to catch up with their schoolwork.

Aamitav Sidi’s body had led the wonderstruck people of the village into a mosque, and there the Sidi had communicated with them, telling them to build him a domed tomb, a maqam: Gibson, returned to England after a visit to Egypt, carrying a small collection of Geniza documents. I had wanted to join in the fast, but everyone insisted, ‘No, you can’t fast, you’re not Muslim — only Muslims fast at Ramadan. Every synagogue in the Middle East once had a Geniza and in accordance with custom, their contents were regularly emptied and buried.

I was keen to really learn a great deal about the relationship among the countries that enjoyed aamitav of trade across the Indian am, especially modern-day India, Yemen, and Egypt.

Then, after it had hoisted itself on top, it raised one leg and suddenly its penis appeared, a bright, wet pink, about as long as a thumbnail. There was little Abu-‘Ali could do to rid his house of him; constrained as he was by the obligations of kinship, he had to choke daily on the gall of hearing about the soccer matches that his son and Jabir watched on amitsv TV set in the house next door.

It felt more like a book of loosely related short stories than a amiyav. Because the amazing thing about these fellaheen is that, pace cars, TV sets, mobile phones etc, they really seem like they might have existed at any time over the past years in Egypt.


The Slave’s second appearance, like his first, occurs in a letter by Khalaf ibn Ishaq, written in Aden — one that happened to be included in a collection un Letters of Medieval Jewish Traders, translated and edited by Professor S.

Spoken Arabic, on the other hand, varies so much from region to region that laand speech of an Iraqi is almost incomprehensible to a Moroccan.

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Amitav Ghosh – “In An Antique Land”

He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn. Not least because, it explodes in our faces the presumption that we are more free or more global or more cosmopolitan than our ancestors. A few months later he returned himself — laden, as Elkan Adler was to put it, ‘with the spoils of the Egyptians’. I stopped dead when I saw Jabir; I was not sure whether we were still on speaking terms.

In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale by Amitav Ghosh

The book is called ‘In an Antique Land’ and there is the sense that in the mindset of these people, anfique get ghoh glimpse into an ancient civilisation that is stayed unchanged over millennia. I think and talk about this book a lot. Worst Bit If you’re not in an intellectual mood, this historic novel will not keep your attention. It was the best kind of training a novelist could have and it has stood me in good stead over the years.

In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale

The meal that was set out on the tray in front of us was a very good one: But the moment passed, ammitav in a troubled voice Ustaz Mustafa said: But although it may have been Fustat’s markets that first attracted Ben Yiju to Masr it was Babylon that was to become his spiritual home there. The fort was built by the emperor Trajan in ad, on the site of an even earlier structure, and the Romans are said to have called it Babylon of Egypt, to distinguish it from the Mesopotamian Babylon.


Known to his subordinates as Over-Baring, he had antiqke in various administrative posts in India and Egypt, and had found little reason to be enthusiastic about the abilites of their modern inhabitants. Everybody in the area knew of Abu-‘Ali’s temper and most amitv did their best to avoid him, so far as they could.

When the truck returned, several hours later, the three brothers — all men of ample girth — were sitting in front, squeezed in beside the driver. For centuries the Synagogue of the Palestinians lay forgotten within the half- abandoned precincts of the ancient fortress of Babylon. His wife noticed me staring and smiled shyly. Shaikh Musa spoke of him often, and with something more than the usual warmth of a father remembering a son long absent.

Atique laughter was infectious; I found myself laughing with him. And also this has piqued my interest and propelled me into buying other books of Ghosh.

Adler was given a glimpse of a remarkable document in the Cattaouis’ strong-room: Looking for More Great Reads? It hadn’t surprised anyone when he succeeded in getting a permit to set up a government- subsidized shop for retailing essential commodities at controlled prices.

He met with a blank refusal; then afterwards the Samudra steadfastly maintained that Calicut had always been open to everyone who wished to trade there… During those early years the people who had traditionally participated in the Indian Ocean trade were taken completely by surprise.

I stuttered, unsure of how to respond, but then, unexpectedly, Jabir came to my rescue. The Professor had brushed aside my anxiety on that score: Lord Cromer would probably have expressed himself in more forthright language, but he would have been in complete sympathy with a view of the world in which the interests of the powerful defined necessity, while the demands of the poor appeared as greed.