Sir John Glubb, better known as Glubb. Pasha, was born in , and served in. France in the First World War from to. In he left the regular. PDF | The recent accession by St Antony’s College Oxford of papers from British army officer John Bagot Glubb, commander of Transjordan’s Arab Legion. It is easy to dismiss Jordan as small, dull and insignificant: a minnow among the big beasts of the Middle East. But as Graham Jevon’s.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Glubb Pasha in the Heart Beguiling Araby. A soldier in WWI and in Arabia To be English … The perception the Bible pashaa transporting to us is the one of the real intimate relationship of one person to another.

Cambridge University Press, 3 Ibid. Harvill Press,p. Behind this flowery, emotional, feeling-oriented with this point of view, she offers tangible facts that corroborate her claims.

The overall question asked is thus: After that this paper will continue by building up with every chapter after picking up one of those Arab characteristics Kathryn Tidrick sees as especially attractive to Englishmen. A further selection of characteristics is further imposed by the writer in order to not have the paper exceed too much over the boundaries of a short paper. The conclusion gluubb lift the veil on the question how far Glubb, the proto-beduphile was really mesmerized by the Bedouin.

That is what his biographer James D. Cambridge University Press,p. Compartmental tray used for storing printer’s types allowing him fast and ordered access to those types.

Glubb reciprocated this respect to Islam, the faith of the Bedouin and the Bedouin themselves and they felt understood by Glubb, not so by T. Lawrence, as a Ruwalla sheikh contested to Lunt at one point. All in all Glubb was a loyal13 dedicated14 man, full of discipline and he loved the Bedouin.

His pedigree from the Glubb side was full of honorable middle-class 11 James D. Westminster Abby, London, April 17, Sir John Bagot Glubb became so immersed in the innermost lives and concerns of my people, the humble and the exalted alike, that I wondered, [] on his ultimate love and loyalty to his own mother country whether his heart and life dwelt after so many years of service and association with Jordan.

His love and understanding for my country and its people was profoundly heart felt []. He was a down-to-earth-soldier, with a heart, a simple style of life and impeccable integrity []. As army-child Glubb was used to frequent changes of locations. Thus he needed to learn to adapt to new circumstances, people-groups and cultures. Later Glubb went to boarding school in Marlock, Derbyshire and Cheltenham.

It was there at Cheltenham where he made the decision to switch to a military career in the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. As the rule demanded it Jack Glubb needed to wait until he reached eighteen and a half years of age before he was able to join war.

On 25 November he was sent to the French front-line as engineering soldier. Arriving in Iraq the uprising was quenched, but the arrival of the tribesmen of Idris Ibn Rasheed from Central Arabia, who was conquered by a rival prince Abd al-Aziz ibn Saudstirred up his interest and he began to devour books about Arabia and its history During his stay in Iraq his mayor task was to decrease 18 Ibid.

He managed to do that until the end ofalready not anymore being employed by the Brits but by the Iraqi government itself. After the Anglo Iraqi Treaty was signed on 30 June Iraq cut all dependencies towards their former colonizers including the suspension of all British military advisers.


During his time in Jordan services he was an achiever. See above 27 James D. There could never be peace in the desert unless the tribes agreed willingly to police themselves. Not even the Turks in their years of governance in the region were able to bind the Bedouin into their military. Consciously or subconsciously Glubb used this knowledge about the Bedouin in order to achieve his goals.

It might suit us well to look away from his work relationships, where aims and fulfillment of aims surely is driven by the need to succeed. It sounds incredible but he never had any form of contract with the Jordan government; nor does his salary compare with that paid to a British army general.

The Glubbs lived very unostentatiously. He had supported from his own pocket the schooling of numerous orphans and other young children and had paid for the hospital treatment of dozens of soldiers and their relatives. Lunt about the helping heart of John Bagot Glubb.

This question will help to pwsha out the right English characteristics to compare with Arab characteristics just as a typesetter for a newspaper would pick types out of the typecase. To be English means to distinguish oneself from members of other people-groups in certain ways: On the one hand — in a stable and superior position, i. Germans for example like to joke about Austrians On the other hand — in a more fragile position, i. A German might feel closer to an Austrian than to a Czech out of obvious reasons: The rule behind this perception seems to be that the smaller the differences are the closer the counterpart is.

The same must be true for the stereotypes about the English. The father of Faris, following the common Arab way to name the father after the name he gives to his first born son.

Sir John Bagot Glubb

Laurence, whom finding himself as an illegitimate son of a nobleman, dreamt during his childhood years of being a knight and realized this dream in Arabia. Burton, Palgrave, Blunt and Doughty, all were pashz out of a noble background. If we are talking about the English in the British army, we talk about higher ranks. He had the impecca- ble manners and complete self-assurance of the true aristocrat and was a staunch friend.

Referenz nicht gefunden 44 Pasah. The Bible – King James Version, 1. Shakir and Glubb were of one noble kind, this connected them in a special way. Bedouin are exposed to uncomfortable on- going changes. This makes them tenacious. Quartet Books,p. What the British ear heard and the eye read about all those stories started to create and cultivate a nostalgic prose of the savage Scotsman in the British soul of the 19th century.

This picture of the savage who was rather bravely fighting for noble reasons as his honor, his freedom and his self-determination if necessary until the loss of his life was not only found in the savage Scotsman.

Some of them, as the Maasai58 or the Bedouin showed the same noble characteris- tics and thus had it easy to become object of admiration the same way.

To Glubb the picture of the Savage Scotsman was not unknown, so he uses it for example, when de- scribing the Arab type of warfare: In pasua war in which Britain has been engaged for two hundred years, Highland regiments have played a leading part. An African-Brazilian will offi- cially not be discriminated and lives a life that superficially is with equal chances and rights as that 58 Kathryn Tidrick, Heart-beguiling Araby New York: Due to different educational and economical conditions the actual opportu- nities are not as equal but he or she knows what his or her position in society is.


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Not needing to make oneself aware of ones class-affiliation thus creates a certain kind of perceived freedom. The development of this freedom in England, according to Tidrick, had historical economical rea- sons: The upper class citizens did not want to show of with their status to not appear needing to sentence needs to finish.

No ongoing demon- stration of class was needed. In Arab culture this same expressed class-unconsciousness was present. They accepted easily the respect that was their due, but indulged in no vulgar display of power and magnificence and were courteous towards their infe- riors. Glubb ascribes the Bedouin this attitude of freedom as follows: He was no respecter of ranks or dignities, and addressed everybody in his first name.

When the need for warmth brought them closer together again, their quills again forced them apart.

They were driven back and forth at the mercy of their discomforts until they found the distance from one another that provided both a maximum of warmth and a minimum of pain. In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society.

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This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again.

The optimum distance that they finally find that permits them lasha coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Ibn Flubb also not considering himself to be worthy of the title passed on to Ibn Jesham. He was the least pompous of men.

The sun those days never set on the English empire. In order to administer such an empire human resources needed to be educated to rule over and to control their colonies. Basic pre- conditions therefore were mentioned in previous chapters: An educational system to raise adminis- trating officers, officers that are to independently take decisions, a person knowing how to deal with freedom. Tidrick sums up a citation of Gifford Palgrave with the words: This rule thus appeared as an easy rule, comparable to the operation of a device as complicated as a helicopter by the means of a joy-stick.

The Chief of the Arabs is Ibn Hadhal.

John Bagot Glubb

When this story was related to Ibn Hadhal, he interrupted the narrator to object: Language is the key to communication and thus to understanding and knowledge about the counterpart. Referenz nicht gefunden On the contrary he sees himself as a successful col- onizer who manages to install peace in Jordan without a single shot or imprisoning one single man; we remember. Referenz nicht gefunden Conclusion The first chapter of this paper introduced John Bagot Glubb to the reader as a not so untypical English middle class man of his day.

He had already experienced a lot already at a very young age. He came out of a Christian home and he not only knew the Bible but took it as reference for his life. The second chapter introduced us paaha the idea that as there are stereotypes for how an Arab should be, there are also stereotypes glubn how an Englishman behaves.