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Desert Insurgency: Archaeology, T. E. Lawrence, and the Arab Revolt

Nicholas J. Saunders


This book explores the once-hidden conflict landscape along the Hejaz Railway in the desert sands of southern Jordan. Built at the beginning of the twentieth century. This railway track stretched from Damascus to Medina and served to facilitate participation in the annual Muslim Hajj to Mecca. The discovery and archaeological investigation of an unknown landscape of insurgency and counterinsurgency along this route tells a different story of the origins of modern guerrilla warfare; the exploits of T. E. Lawrence, Emir Feisal, and Bedouin warriors; and the dramatic events of the Arab Revolt of ... More

Keywords: Hejaz Railway, Jordan, Muslim Hajj, conflict landscape, modern guerrilla warfare, Arab Revolt, First World War, Middle East, T. E. Lawrence, Bedouin warriors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198722007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas J. Saunders, author
University of Bristol, Professor of Material Culture