Married to a Bedouin.

Van Geldermalsen, Marguerite.

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In 1978, Marguerite, a New Zealand-born nurse married Mohammed Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin souvenir-seller from Petra in Jordan. Her home was a 2,000-year-old cave in the hills. She learned Arabic, converted to Islam and gave birth to three children. She became the resident nurse, and met the Queen of England and Queen Noor. A lovely story to contrast with today's world of Arab extremism.


SKU: 9781844082209


New Zealand born nurse Marguerite van Geldermalsen first visited the lost city Petra with her friend Elizabeth in 1978 on a sightseeing tour of the ancient world. Already looking forward to her beach holiday at the end of the trip, little did Maguerite know she was about to meet the man she would marry, the charismatic Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin craftsman of the Manajah tribe. A life with Mohammad meant moving into his ancient cave and learning to love the regular tasks of baking shrak bread on an open fire and collecting water from the spring. But as Marguerite feels herself becoming part of the Bedouin community, she is thankful for the twist in fate that has led her to this contented life. Marguerite s light-hearted and guileless observations of the people she comes to love are as heart-warming as they are valuable, charting Bedouin traditions now lost to the modern world.

Book Details

Author Van Geldermalsen, Marguerite.
Format PB
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Virago Press Ltd
Number of Pages 288
Illustrations Section: 8, colour photos
Publish Date 5/11/2009
Catalogue Aug19
Catalogue book number 50