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Improbable Women
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Improbable Women examines the lives of five women writers, all upper-class British women, who rebelled against the conventions of their own societies and lived, traveled and explored the Middle East.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Front Flap, Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
  2. pp. 2-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Maps and Figures
  2. pp. ix-12
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-14
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxiii
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  1. Part One: Augusta Zenobia: 241–275(?)
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1. That Woman in Palmyra
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Part Two: Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope: 1776–1839
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. 2. Hester’s World
  2. pp. 21-27
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  1. 3. Forged in Conflict
  2. pp. 28-37
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  1. 4. First Lady
  2. pp. 38-47
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  1. 5. On Dealing with Brutal Men
  2. pp. 48-67
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  1. 6. A Nun in Lebanon
  2. pp. 68-80
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  1. Part Three: Lady Jane Elizabeth Digby El Mesrab: 1807–1881
  2. pp. 81-108
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  1. 7. Jane’s World
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. 8. Everything for Love
  2. pp. 88-97
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  1. 9. Affairs to Remember
  2. pp. 98-110
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  1. 10. From Bandit to Bedouin
  2. pp. 111-122
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  1. Part Four: Isabel Arundell Burton: 1831–1896
  2. pp. 123-150
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  1. 11. Isabel’s World
  2. pp. 125-128
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  1. 12. Creating a Dream
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. 13. Realizing the Dream
  2. pp. 147-156
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  1. Part Five: Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell: 1868–1926
  2. pp. 157-184
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  1. 14. Gertrude’s World
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. 15. Bright and Brave
  2. pp. 165-172
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  1. 16. From Mountains to Mohammed
  2. pp. 173-188
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  1. 17. Joyous Journeys
  2. pp. 189-199
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  1. 18. Creating Iraq
  2. pp. 200-205
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  1. Part Six: Freya Madeline Stark: 1893–1993
  2. pp. 207-234
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  1. 19. Freya’s World
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. 20. Accepting the Torch
  2. pp. 212-221
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  1. 21. Assassins and Incense
  2. pp. 222-239
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  1. 22. War from Cairo to Baghdad
  2. pp. 240-252
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  1. 23. To the End of the Road
  2. pp. 253-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-271
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-285
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-298
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
  2. pp. 325-326
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