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Married to a Bedouin

Marguerite van Geldermalsen


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Where you staying? the Bedouin asked. Why you not stay with me tonightin my cave. He seemed enthusiastic. And we were looking for adventure." Thus begins the story of how Marguerite van Geldermalsena New Zealand-born nursebecame the wife of Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin souvenir-seller of the Manaja tribe, and lived with him and their children in a community of 100 families in the ancient caves of Petra in Jordan. Marguerite and a friend were traveling through the Middle East in 1978 when she met the charismatic Mohammad and decided that he was the man for her. Their home was a lofty2,000 year-old cave carved into the red rock of a hillside. She became the resident nurse and learned to live like the Bedouincooking over fires, hauling water on donkeys, and drinking sweet black teaand over the years she became as much of a curiosity as the cave-dwellers to tourists. This is her extraordinary story.

Praise For Married to a Bedouin

"Recommended for public libraries and for academic library browsing collections."  —School Library Journal

"For anyone who enjoys travel books, especially about the Middle East, this is the real thing—a fascinating account of life as a Bedouin in the late 20th century written by a Western woman."  Mary S. Lovell, author, Beth of Hardwick

Virago UK, 9781844082193, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2008

About the Author

Marguerite van Geldermalsen was widowed in 2002. She now divides her time between Sydney, Australia, and Jordan.