Arabian Sands

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Arabian Sands
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Cover of the first British edition, published by Longmans 1959
Author Wilfred Thesiger
Language English
Genre Travel writing
Publisher Longmans, London
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages Approx. 330 pages
ISBN 0-14-144207-7

Arabian Sands is a book by explorer and travel writer Wilfred Thesiger that was published in 1959. The book focuses on the author's travels across the Arabian Empty Quarter between 1945 and 1950, attempting to capture the lives of the Bedu People and other inhabitants of the Arabian peninsula.[1][2] It is considered a classic of the travel book genre.[3][4]

The book largely reflects on the changes and large scale development that took place after the Second World War and the subsequent gradual erosion of traditional Bedouin ways of life that had previously existed unaltered for thousands of years.[5]

In 2008, Majid Abdulrazak (a film director from the United Arab Emirates) produced a film version of Arabian Sands which was self-funded and employed actors from the UAE and Oman in most of the major roles.[6]


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Arabian Sands


  1. ^ Asher, Michael (27 August 2003). "Obituary: Sir Wilfred Thesiger". The Guardian (London). 
  2. ^ Woodward, Richard (30 December 2007). "Armchair Traveler -‘Arabian Sands’ and ‘The Marsh Arabs’". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Wilfred Thesiger". Curtis Brown. 
  4. ^ "The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time". Longitude Books. 
  5. ^ Thesiger, Wilfred (2007). Arabian Sands. Penguin Classics. ISBN 978-0-14-009514-2. 
  6. ^ Gulf News article about Majid Abdulrazak, 4 July 2008