Eamonn Gearon

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Eamonn Gearon is an author, Arabist, and analyst. Gearon's career has been the development of understanding and insight between the Greater Middle East and the West.[1] Gearon is best known for his book The Sahara: A Cultural History (2011).[2]

Gearon is also a desert explorer.[3] In 1997, he began his lifelong education in desert survival, navigation and camel husbandry. Initially studying under the Bedu in western Egypt, Eamonn Gearon went on to pursue solo, camel-powered explorations in the Egyptian Sahara.[4]



  • The Sahara: A Cultural History, 2011.[5]

He contributed articles or essays for the following books:

  • Meetings With Remarkable Muslims, 2005 (ed. Barnaby Rogerson and Rose Baring).[6]
  • An Encyclopaedia of African History, 2004 (ed. Kevin Shillington).[7]
  • Sahara Overland, 2004 (ed. Chris Scott).[8]

Other writing and analysis[edit]

Gearon has written articles dealing with history, politics and social affairs across the Greater Middle East. His work has appeared in publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Times Literary Supplement, History Today,[9] Al-Ahram, Geographical, New Internationalist, and The London Magazine.[citation needed]

Gearon briefs business intelligence organizations and writes for the Jane's group, Middle East International, and the Middle East magazine.[10]


Gearon wrote, produced and directed the documentary film A Mother’s Love. Shot entirely on location in post-genocide Rwanda, the film explores the life of Rosamond Carr, an American who lived in Rwanda for 50 years, and founded the Imbabazi Orphanage.[11][12]


Eamonn Gearon lectures on various topics, including the history, politics and current affairs of the Greater Middle East.

He has lectured, among other venues, at the Universities of Oxford[13]Edinburgh, Royal Scots Club, London School of Economics,[14] and the American University in Cairo; as a speaker on the RMS Queen Mary 2 [15] and for other groups, such as Rotary International and Lions Clubs International.


Gearon is a member of the following:[citation needed]


Gearon has a B.Th. degree from the University of Southampton[16] and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), the University of London.


  1. ^ "The World according to...". Wanderlust Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Sahara: A Cultural History". Signal Books. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Sahara: A Long Way from a Cultural Desert". Mikael Strandberg. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  4. ^ http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=21&section=0&article=76566&d=22&m=1&y=2006/
  5. ^ Gearon, Eamonn (2011). The Sahara: A Cultural History. UK: Signal Books. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-904955-82-5. 
  6. ^ "Meetings With Remarkable Muslims: A Collection". Eland & Sickle Moon Books. Retrieved 15 March 2006. 
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set. Routledge. 2004. p. 1912. ISBN 978-1-57958-245-6. 
  8. ^ Scott, Chris (2005) [2004]. Sahara Overland (2nd ed.). UK: Trailblazer Publications. p. 688. ISBN 978-1-873756-76-8. 
  9. ^ "Arab Invasions: The First Islamic Empire". History Today. Retrieved June 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Middle East Magazine". Exact Editions. 
  11. ^ Eamonn Gearon at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "A Mother's Love". 
  13. ^ "From the Niger to the Nile: One Hundred Years of Saharan Exploration". ASTENE Ninth Biennial Conference, Oxford July 2011. Retrieved July 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ "The Sahara: A Cultural History". LSE Middle East Center. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cunard Insights" (PDF). Cunard. 
  16. ^ "University of Southampton: Books by Alumni". 

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