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In the Service of the Sultan

In the Service of the Sultan Author Ian Gardiner
ISBN-10 184415467X
Release 2006
Pages 189
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'In the Service of the Sultan' tells the largely unknown story of a small number of British officers who led Muslim soldiers in this hard fought anti-insurgency war which has shaped today's Gulf.



Cephas Yogyakarta

Cephas  Yogyakarta Author G. J. Knaap
ISBN-10 UOM:39015022888831
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 136
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During the nineteenth century the art of photography in the Netherlands Indies, now Indonesia, was mainly in European hands. Gradually, members of other ethnic groups moved into the field. Among indigenous ethnic groups, the pioneer was the Javanese Kassian Cephas (1845-1912). From the early 1870s Kassian Cephas was photographer to the court of the Sultans of Yogyakarta. As such he was responsible for many portraits of the royal family, in particular during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwana VII. Besides portraits of the royal family, Kassian Cephas documented theatrical performances and ceremonies at court. Apart from a biography of Kassian Cephas and his son and successor Sem Cephas (1870-1918), this book offers a selection of 98 pictures of the exquisite work of these photographers, drawn mainly from the photographic collection of the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV). This selection introduces the reader to a world of royal dignity, gracious dancers, shadowy town views, impressive temple ruins and the mysterious Indian Ocean coast.



SAS Operation Storm

SAS Operation Storm Author Roger Cole
ISBN-10 9781444726992
Release 2011-08-18
Pages 320
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OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with catastrophic consequences for the oil-hungry West. OPERATION STORM is a page-turning account of courage and resilience. Mirbat was a battle fought and won by nine SAS soldiers and a similar number of brave local people - some as young as ten years old - outnumbered by at least twenty-five to one. Roger Cole, one of the SAS soldiers who took part, and writer Richard Belfield have interviewed every SAS survivor who fought in the battle from the beginning to the end - the first time every single one of them has revealed their experience. OPERATION STORM is a classic story of bravery against impossible odds, minute by minute, bullet by bullet.



The Yompers

The Yompers Author Ian Gardiner
ISBN-10 9781781599181
Release 2012-04-19
Pages 224
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Called to action on 2 April 1982, the men of 45 Commando Royal Marines assembled from around the world to sail 8,000 miles to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentine invasion. Lacking helicopters and short of food, they ‘yomped’ in appalling weather carrying overloaded rucksacks, across the roughest terrain. Yet for a month in mid-winter, they remained a cohesive fighting-fit body of men. They then fought and won the highly successful and fierce night battle for Two Sisters, a 1,000 foot high mountain which was the key to the defensive positions around Stanley. This is a first hand story of that epic feat, but it is much more than that. The first to be written by a company commander in the Falklands War, the book gives a compelling, vivid description of the ‘yomp’ and infantry fighting, and it also offers penetrating insights into the realities of war at higher levels. It is a unique combination of descriptive writing about front-line fighting and wider reflections on the Falklands War, and conflict in general. Gritty and moving; sophisticated, reflective and funny, this book offers an abundance of timeless truths about war. Postscript: ‘Yomping’ was the word used by the Commandos for carrying heavy loads on long marches. It caught the public’s imagination during this short but bitter campaign and epitomized the grim determination and professionalism of our troops.



The Sultan s Shadow

The Sultan s Shadow Author Christiane Bird
ISBN-10 9780345469403
Release 2010
Pages 374
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A dramatic account of the slave trade in the early 19th century Indian Ocean is presented through the stories of the Omani Sultan Said and his daughter, Princess Salme, offering insight into the Arabian Peninsula kingdom's lucrative growth and ties to America.



Sultan in Oman

Sultan in Oman Author Jan Morris
ISBN-10 1906011176
Release 2008-07
Pages 159
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An account of the first crossing of the Omani desert by motorcar, as Jan Morris accompanied the Sultan on his royal progress, with the winds of change - oil and revolution - in the background.



Shadow of the Sultan s Realm

Shadow of the Sultan s Realm Author Daniel Allen Butler
ISBN-10 9781597975841
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 271
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The history of the Ottoman Empire spanned more than seven centuries. At the height of its power, it stretched over three continents and produced marvels of architecture, literature, science, and warfare. When it fell, its collapse redrew the map of the world and changed the course of history. Shadow of the Sultan's Realm is the story of the empire's dissolution during a tumultuous period that climaxed in the First World War. In its telling are battles and campaigns that have become the stuff of legend--Gallipoli, Kut, Beersheeba--waged by men who have become larger than life: Enver Bey, the would-be patriot who was driven more by ambition than by wisdom; T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"), the enigmatic leader of an irregular war against the Turks; Aaron Aaronsohn, the Jewish botanist-turned-spy who deceived his Turkish and British allies with equal facility; David Lloyd George, the prime minister for whom power meant everything, integrity nothing; Mehmet Talaat, who gave the orders that began the Armenian massacres; Winston Churchill, who created a detailed plan for the Gallipoli campaign, which should have been the masterstroke of the Great War; Mustafa Kemal, a gifted soldier who would become a revolutionary politician and earn the name Atatürk; Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary who would promise anything to anyone; and Edmund Allenby, the general who failed in the trench warfare of the western front but fought brilliantly in Palestine. Daniel Allen Butler weaves the stories of the men and the events that propelled them into a compelling narrative of the death of an empire. Its legacy is the cauldron of the modern Middle East.



The Sultan s Wife

The Sultan s Wife Author Jane Johnson
ISBN-10 9780385670005
Release 2012-05-01
Pages 464
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Page-turning mystery, grandly seductive romance and full historical immersion into Moroccan court history, this exquisitely depicted and intensely absorbing novel follows in the bestselling tradition of The Tenth Gift and The Salt Road. 1677, Morocco. Behind the magnificent walls and towering arches of the Palace of Meknes, captive chieftain's son and now a lowly scribe, Nus Nus is framed for murder. As he attempts to evade punishment for the bloody crime, Nus Nus finds himself trapped in a vicious plot, caught between the three most powerful figures in the court: the cruel and arbitrary sultan, Moulay Ismail, one of the most tyrannical rulers in history; his monstrous wife Zidana, famed for her use of poison and black magic; and the conniving Grand Vizier. Meanwhile, a young Englishwoman named Alys Swann has been taken prisoner by Barbary corsairs and brought to the court. She faces a simple choice: renounce her faith and join the Sultan's harem; or die. As they battle for survival, Alys and Nus Nus find themselves thrust into an unlikely alliance--an alliance that will become a deep and moving relationship in which these two outsiders will find sustenance and courage in the most perilous of circumstances. From the danger and majesty of Meknes to the stinking streets of London and the decadent court of Charles II, The Sultan's Wife brings to life some of the most remarkable characters of history through a captivating tale of intrigue, loyalty and desire.



Guns for the Sultan

Guns for the Sultan Author Gábor Ágoston
ISBN-10 0521843138
Release 2005-03-24
Pages 277
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Gabor Agoston's book contributes to an emerging strand of military history, that examines organised violence as a challenge to early modern states, their societies and economies. His is the first to examine the weapons technology and armaments industries of the Ottoman Empire, the only Islamic empire that threatened Europe on its own territory in the age of the Gunpowder Revolution. Based on extensive research in the Turkish archives, the book affords much insight regarding the early success and subsequent failure of an Islamic empire against European adversaries. It demonstrates Ottoman flexibility and the existence of an early modern arms market and information exchange across the cultural divide, as well as Ottoman self-sufficiency in weapons and arms production well into the eighteenth century. Challenging the sweeping statements of Eurocentric and Orientalist scholarship, the book disputes the notion of Islamic conservatism, the Ottomans' supposed technological inferiority and the alleged insufficiencies in production capacity. This is a provocative, intelligent and penetrating analysis, which successfully contends traditional perceptions of Ottoman and Islamic history.



Trickster Travels

Trickster Travels Author Natalie Zemon Davis
ISBN-10 9780809094349
Release 2006
Pages 435
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Presents the story of Leo Africanus and his famous sixteenth-century geography of Africa that was to introduce the continent to European readers, in a detailed history that documents such elements of his life as his imprisonment by the pope, work as a Christian writer, and relationships with powerful individuals from a range of cultures and religions.



The Saint and the Sultan

The Saint and the Sultan Author Paul Moses
ISBN-10 9780385523707
Release 2009
Pages 302
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Documents a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik al-Kamil to illuminate the saint's lesser-known efforts as a peacemaker, describing their discussions on behalf of ending the Crusades.



Dangerous Frontiers

Dangerous Frontiers Author Bryan Ray
ISBN-10 UOM:39015077116443
Release 2008
Pages 214
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In Part 1 of his book the author describes his life as a young officer in the Somaliland Scouts in the (then) British Protectorate of Somaliland. At that time tribal quarrels, generally over water, were taking place in the troubled strip of country between the Protectorate and Ethiopia; the Ogaden. It was the Scouts' difficult task to keep the warring clansmen apart. It gives a vivid account of a nineteen-year-old in command of Somali troops in a fascinating and unpredictable country.The second part of the book deals with the Author's second period of service with Muslims, a quarter of a century later. This time in the Southern Province of Oman - Dhofar. Here he commanded the Northern Frontier Regiment of the Sultan's Armed Force in a limited but fierce war against Communist Insurgents. It shows how the tide was turned against a brave enemy fighting on their home ground - the savage wadis and cliffs of the jebel. Dangerous Frontiers will appeal to a wide audience, including those interesting in military and world history and in those two little known areas - the Horn of Africa and Southern Oman. In both campaigns it reflects the mutual liking and respect that the handful of British officers had for their Muslim soldiers and the soldiers for their leaders. It is written with humour and an understanding of other cultures.



Kashmir Under the Sultans

Kashmir Under the Sultans Author Mohibbul Hasan
ISBN-10 8187879491
Release 1959
Pages 352
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Professor Mohibbul Hasan S Kashmir Under The Sultans Has An Intrinsic Merit Of Lucidly Introducing A Reader To A Subject That Begins With The Foundation Of The Sultanate And Ends With The Conquest Of Kashmir By Akbar. Its Chief Merit Lies In Encapsulating Such Political, Social, Economic And Cultural Activities Of The Period That Exercised An Indelible Influence On The Valley. During The Sultanate Period, As Professor Hasan Observes, Kashmir Had Achieved A High Standard Of Culture, But With The Disappearance Of Her Independence Her Culture Gradually Declined. Srinagar Was Denuded Of Poets, Painters, And Scholars, Who Had Once Adorned The Courts Of The Sultans, Because, Owing To The Absence Of Local Patronage, They Were Compelled To Leave The Valley And Seek Their Livelihood Elsewhere. They Entered The Service Of The Mughal Emperors, And Added To The Brilliance Of The Court, Thereby Percipitating Kashmir S Cultural Impoverishment.Professor Mohibbul Hasan Offers Useful Insights Into Kashmir S Political And Cultural Currents And Cross-Currents. This Book Is Therefore Of Considerable Value To Social Historians.



Kalimantaan

Kalimantaan Author C. S. Godshalk
ISBN-10 0805055347
Release 1999-04-15
Pages 480
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In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Englishman establishes a private fiefdom on the coast of Borneo through violent conquest, surrounding himself with a remarkable tribe of fugitives, missionaries, and romantics and one singular woman. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.



The Ni matnama Manuscript of the Sultans of Mandu

The Ni matnama Manuscript of the Sultans of Mandu Author Norah M. Titley
ISBN-10 9781134268078
Release 2004-11-30
Pages 544
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The Ni'matnama is a late fifteenth-century book of the recipes of the eccentric Sultan of Mandu (Madhya Pradesh), Ghiyath Shahi, collected and added to by his son and successor, Nasir Shah. It contains recipes for cooking a variety of delicacies and epicurean delights, as well as providing remedies and aphrodisiacs for the Sultan and his court. It also includes important sections on the preparation of betel leaves as well as advice on the logistics of hunting expeditions and warfare. The text provides a remarkable and tantalizing account of rarified courtly life in a fifteenth-century Indian Sultanate region.



The Sultan s Tigers

The Sultan s Tigers Author Josh Lacey
ISBN-10 9780544096455
Release 2013
Pages 298
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Tom, who comes from a long line of criminals, travels with his roguish uncle to India to find a family treasure--an antique jewel-encrusted tiger stolen from the sultan's throne hundreds of years ago.



SAS Secret War

SAS  Secret War Author Major General Tony Jeapes
ISBN-10 9781848329843
Release 2016-07-31
Pages 256
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In 1970 the SAS was called in to support the Sultan of Oman’s armed forces in their bitter struggle against a Communist-backed insurrection. The task in hand was not to obliterate the enemy, for these were the Sultan’s subjects, but to persuade the rebels to join the Omani government’s side, as well as encouraging the independently-minded peoples of the Jebel Dhofar to abandon their support for the insurgents. If necessary, these objectives were to be achieved by demonstrating that the insurgents could never win the armed struggle. This is the gripping story of the part played in the conflict by the men and squadrons of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, the first full SAS squadron in the region. Written by the man who commanded that unit and who successfully raised the first bands of Dhofari irregulars to fight for the Sultan, SAS: Secret War provides a unique and personal insight into what was to become one of the most successful counter-insurgency campaigns of the twentieth century.