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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar (1998 Hardback)


£15.00

Very good condition used 1998 First Edition
Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Galley Publications, Zanzibar.
Author: Emily Ruete.
ISBN: 9987887732.
Approx dims: 225 mm h x 160 mm w x 22 mm d.

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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar: An Autobiography
of Emily Ruete Born Salme, Princess of Oman and Zanzibar.

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used 1998 English Edition Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Galley Publications, Zanzibar.
Author: Emily Ruete.
ISBN: 9987887732.
Approx dims: 225 mm h x 160 mm w x 22 mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition dust jacket covers with slight rubbing, creasing to edges and signs of handling. Intact spine. Dust jacket over very good condition pictorial laminated boards. 210 clean pages of English text with some b&w illustrations, no inscriptions. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar:

This autobiography offers a rare inside look at the society surrounding a sultan’s palace. Its author, a real-life princess in exile, recalls her vanished world of harems, slave trading, and court intrigues.

Return to an era when Zanzibar was ruled by sultans, and enter a vanished world of harems, slave trading, and court intrigues. In this insider’s story, a sultan’s daughter who fled her gilded cage offers a compelling look at nineteenth-century Arabic and African royal life. After years of exile in Europe, the former princess wrote this fascinating memoir as a legacy for her children and a warm reminiscence of her island home.

Born Salamah bint Said, Princess of Zanzibar, in 1844, author Emily Ruete grew up in a harem with scores of siblings. The royal family maintained its fabulous wealth and luxury with a robust traffic in ivory, spices, and human bondage. Ruete ventures beyond the palace, into the city and plantations where European traders, missionaries, and colonists exercised a growing influence.

After her dramatic elopement with a German trader, Ruete attained the perspective to form a comparison of the lives of women in Muslim society with those of their European contemporaries. Originally published in 1886, this remarkable autobiography will captivate readers interested in Zanzibar and Eastern Africa as well as students of Arabic, Islam, and women’s studies.