The Arabists of Shemlan Volume I The MECAS Memoirs 1944 - 1978
London: Stacey International, 2006. First edition. Hardcover in dust jacket. Book comes with additional typed manuscript of 'operational notes' from one of the graduates, plus an original photograph of the Long Course 1959 - 1960. 275 pp. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). additional operational notes MECAS - or the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies was founded in 1944 and, as a training ground for young diplomats in the Arab world, and the best place to study Arabic, it was often referred to as a 'school for spies'. This is a collection of graduates' stories - telling of their challenges, trials and joys from their time at 'Shemlan'; and shedding light on the key events of the wider Middle East at the time. Volume II 'Envoys to the Arab World' was published in 2009.
Condition: Very good, in a fine dust jacket.