Topic: Travels in the Orient

The Feynan Eco-Lodge in Wadi Araba (photo: Claudia Mende)

Eco-tourism in Jordan

Guests of the Bedouin

Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866) (photo: Suddeutsche Zeitung)

150th anniversary of Friedrich Ruckert′s death

Forget Goethe, read Ruckert

Hermann, Prince of Puckler-Muskau (photo: Wikipedia)

The Oriental adventures of Hermann von Puckler-Muskau

Prussia's favourite dandy

Photo of the author Evelyn Waugh, 1940 (source: Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, USA)

Evelyn Waugh′s ″Labels: A Mediterranean Journal″

Egypt revisited

The last German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

″Simplicissimus″ and the Palestine issue

Satire's timeless appeal

The English author of detective novels, Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) (photo: Getty Images)

Agatha Christie and the Orient

When murder came to Mesopotamia

Dr Thomas Asbridge (source: BBC.co.uk)

"The Crusades: Holy War"

Illustration from the "Thousand and One Nights": the virgin Scheherazade tells King Shariyar stories to save her own life (photo: picture-alliance/akg-images)

Goethe′s fascination with the "Thousand and One Nights"

Mephistopheles spoke; Scheherazade beguiled

Still from "Queen of the Desert": Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) recognises the soul of the Bedouin peoples and forges invaluable ties (photo: 2015 PROKINO Filmverleih GmbH)

Werner Herzog′s epic ″Queen of the Desert″

Hackneyed melodrama

Max von Oppenheim in his tent in Djebelet el-Beda, Syria, 1929 (photo: Max Freiherr von Oppenheim-Stiftung)

The German archaeologist and explorer Max von Oppenheim

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Enchanted by the Myth of the Orient

Karl May as Kara Ben Nemsi (photo:CC, DW )

The 100th Anniversary of Karl May's Death

Literary Genius or Man of Legendary Hubris?

Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif in the movie "Lawrence of  Arabia" of 1962 (photo: dpa)

The Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

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The Recalcitrant Hero

Leopold Weiss alias Muhammad Asad (source: publisher)

Muhammad Asad

A Jewish Lawrence of Arabia

Edward Said (photo: dpa)

Edward Said's "Orientalism"

The Orient beyond Cliché

Freya Stark (source: Wikipedia)

Historical Travelogues by Women

Lugging a Piano to Khartoum

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