Sons Of Sinbad

by Alan Villiers

This book was introduced to my childhood home by my uncle Jerry (who lived in the Sausalito hippy houseboat community) and it was read by my parents and myself and my siblings at various times. We all used to quote its slogan “Allah’s winds are free, therefore his faithful use them”. It is a really beautiful book on so many levels: the exquisite photography by the author, the ethnographic details of beduin society, and most of all the accounts of the working of an wooden arab sailing cargo vessel, a dhow. Get a vintage copy with rotogravure printing for the photos.

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This is a very inspiring book. I liked Villiers’ accounts of conversations with the captain regarding Islam, and the role of women, as they sat on deck, eating mangos.

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