Lecture: Gertrude Bell - An adventuress and politician in her time

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and on Zoom

Church and Zoom

Speaker: Prof. Dawn Chatty

Beginning with her early exposure to the East in 1892, when Gertrude Bell stayed with her uncle, British Minister to Persia, throughout her travels around the world and mountaineering adventures, she always returned to the East. This lecture focuses on her experiences in Arabia during the Edwardian period (1901-1910), the Great War and its aftermath. During this time she was described by one tribesman as ‘Mashallah Bint ‘Arab’ (What a Wonder of God, a Daughter of the Arabs), an epitaph of which she would have approved.

Dawn Chatty is Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former Director of the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy and author of Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East (2010), From Camel to Truck (2013), and Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refugee State (2018).

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