The Fire of Desert Folk

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THE FIRE OF DESERT FOLK

 

The Account of a Journey
Through Morocco

 

BY

FERDINAND OSSENDOWSKI

AUTHOR OF
"Beasts, Men and Gods," "Man and Mystery in Asia,"
"The Shadow of the Gloomy East," and
"From President to Prison"

 

ENGLISH TEXT BY

LEWIS STANTON PALEN

Collaborator in "Beasts, Men and Gods," "Man and Mystery
in Asia" and "From President to Prison"

 
 

NEW YORK

E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY

681 Fifth Avenue

Copyright, 1926
By E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY


All Rights Reserved

 

Printed in the United States of America

NOTE OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT

 

Through the valued assistance of the Polish Foreign Office, of the French Government, of Marshal Lyautey, of Minister Steeg, of Minister Blanc, of General Dupont and of other French officials the way was opened for me to penetrate the innermost life of the North African tribes. To all these persons and institutions I express my most heartfelt thanks, as well as to the Geographic Society of Algeria, which furnished me with much indispensable information to supplement the notes I had made during my journey.

The sincerity of my impressions and observations must stand as my only possible return for this help.

Ferdinand Ossendowski

Warsaw, 1926

CONTENTS

 
CHAPTER PAGE
I. Storms of the Sea—and of Hate 1
II. The Heirs of Phoenicia 8
III. The Primitive Races of the North 16
IV. A Twelfth-Century Miracle-Worker 28
V. The City of the Moors 43
VI. Among the Djinns 68
VII. Over the Moroccan Frontier 87
VIII. Across Waterless Rivers 100
IX. An Opal in an Emerald Setting 110
X. The Islamic Flame 127
XI. Slavery—Black and Red 151
XII. In an Outpost of the Rif 167
XIII. The Last Day in the City of Idris 175
XIV. Olympus and the Sons of the Prophet 182
XV. In the City of the Black Tyrant 196
XVI. A Sultan’s Palace o’er a Pirates’ Nest 213
XVII. Magicians of the Market-Place 223
XVIII. A Versailles under Atlas Snows 241
XIX. As Women Live and Men Dine in Maghreb 254
XX. A Feudal Atlas Tribe 269
XXI. White Swans on an Azure Shore 284
XXII. Two Worlds 297
XXIII. On the High Plateaus 311
Bibliography 343
Glossary 345
Index 349
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The Gate and Fountain of Nejjarine, at Fez