The Sahara with Eamonn Gearon

Eamonn Gearon

If you think the world’s largest desert is an empty wasteland, then you’re in for a surprise. 

You’ll be amazed at the Sahara’s geographic and cultural diversity. 

At the empires that rose and fell there. 

At its vast network of trade routes that connected the Mediterranean world to sub-Saharan Africa. 

And its many stories of exploration and travel.

The Arabist and policy analyst Eamonn Gearon dropped by Personal Landscapes to tell us about all these things, and more.

He’s the author of The Sahara: A Cultural History, and of several courses on Middle Eastern History for The Great Courses (now Wondrium). His work has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Geographical, History Today, New Internationalist, Al-Ahram, and other publications.

You can read more about him on his website. And follow him on Twitter and YouTube.

We spoke about desert whales, fossil water, astonishing rock art older than history, and a few of the travelers who explored this vast region and returned to tell the tale.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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