Date: Sun 15 Dec 2002 - 18:18:08 GMT
> Good morning, Scott,
> Yes, there was an element in Lawrence of condescension toward the
> Arabs. He viewed them as quarrelsome, childlike, illogical, capable of
> cruelty. And he viewed them as pure, courageous, heroic, intuitively
> 'right', honorable, loyal. I think the mix of opinions reflected
> Lawrence's experiences in the moment: sometimes things were going
> great, sometimes they were falling apart. And sometimes the Arabs were
> simply just not enough like the British. But when Lawrence was back in
> Cairo, his contempt for the British there was even stronger, and the
> purity and integrity of the desert Arab would again appeal to him. I
> think, also, that his different remarks reflected different experience
> with the pseudo-Europeanized Arabs of the big cities and those with
> the desert Arabs -- and indeed there was (and is) a big cultural
> difference between them. His last great interaction with the Arabs
> was in Damascus, which was very frustrating for him for many reasons.
> After that, he only worked with Faisal and the Arab delegates to the
> post-WWI peace conferences. The post-war political situation was
> immensely frustrating to Lawrence, and he blames part of the failure
> there on Arab diplomatic ineffectiveness and squabbling, and the
> qualities that the quote you point to summarizes.
> Additioonal statements along those lines can be found in his Letters,
> in PILLARS, etc.
> BTW: does anyone here have a copy of Oriental Travels or Oriental
> Assembly that you would like to sell? I'd like to buy it.
> Best regards,
You can find copies of Oriental Assembly for sale at: http://used.addall.com/
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