[Author’s Note: This essay first appeared in published form in February 2015 as a chapter of my book Pantheon. Since I use the phrase Fortress of the Mind as my motto and colophon, I wanted readers to know its origin and special significance to me.]
(To find the book, click on the image above)
This week I will consider one of the titans of Arabian exploration, Wilfred Thesiger. You can click here to read the article. Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) may be considered the last of the great English adventurer-explorers of the Orient in the tradition of many such characters from that unique island. Besides his travels in the Arabian desert, Thesiger also lived for many years among the Madan (“marsh Arabs”) of southern Iraq. He also traveled extensively in the Sudan, Syria, Kenya, and Ethiopia.