Writing of Arabia

Writing of Arabia

lionI get more and more e-mails about the sources I use to write about ancient Arabia, and questions about those sources come up more and more frequently every time I turn up on a convention panel. As a result, I took a long post live on my blog today about one of my favorite books, a historical memoir from the 11th century. When I talk about any of my sources in person I can only tell you how good I think it is. One of the benefits about putting my thoughts in writing is that I can provide examples from the text to prove my point.

So here, follow this link to read some truly great material from an 11th century warrior. Read on for tales of hunting, warfare, and loyal animals.

Purely by chance, another Black Gate writer took a post live about a graphic novel related to ancient Arabia over on his own web post this morning. Follow this link for more details about a stunning graphic novel known as the New Tales of the Arabian Nights over at the web site of John R. Fultz.

And  here’s a final link to a longer essay I penned about other great texts detailing old Arabia and its literature. These books deserve a far wider audience.


Howard Andrew Jones is the author of the historical fantasy novels The Desert of Souls, and the forthcoming The Bones of the Old Ones, as well as the related short story collection The Waters of Eternity, and the Paizo Pathfinder novel Plague of Shadows. You can keep up with him at his website, www.howardandrewjones.com, and keep up with him on Twitter or follow his occasional meanderings on Facebook.

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Joe H.

Just ordered Arab-Syrian Gentleman used for about $10 including shipping. Looks fascinating!

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