The Arab tribes of Iraq differ widely in custom but remain in all essentials of thought and conduct a distinctive and unique group. Their land embraces wide deserts, fertile fields and boundless swamps; its unique features shape the lives of its people. Taking the figure of Haji Rikkan as a central focus, the writer-traveller attempts to create a picture of Arab tribal life as a whole.
Preface 1. The Peddlar 2. Across the Marsh 3. A Pilgrimage 4. The Shrine of 'Ali al Sharji 5. The Place of Casting 6. The Fort of Cassara 7. The Coming of the English 8. The Flag of 'Abbas 9. In Favour of Discretion 10. The Burden of the Shaikh 11. Ghalib the Exile 12. The Chains 13. The Burning of Bait Hatim