With the Arabs in Tent and Town by Archibald Forder

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], With the Arabs in Tent and Town. An Account of Missionary Work, Life and Experiences in Moab and Edom and the First Missionary Journey into Arabia from the North, 3rd edn.

This is Archibald Forder’s own account of his work amongst the Bedouin people in Moab, Edom and Arabia. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digtisation.

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], With the Arabs in Tent and Town. An Account of Missionary Work, Life and Experiences in Moab and Edom and the First Missionary Journey into Arabia from the North, 3rd edn. London: Marshall Brothers, [1902]. Hbk. pp.241. [Click to visit the Archibald Forder page for the download link for this title]


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Early Life and Leading
  2. Life and Work in Kerak
  3. From Moab to the Entrance into Arabia
  4. Leaving for the Jowf. To the Edge of the Desert
  5. From Orman to Kaf and Ithera
  6. What Happened at Ithera, and the Desert Journey to Jowf
  7. Arrival at the Jowf, with an Account of All that Befell Me There
  8. The Climax at the Jowf and Return to Jerusalem
  9. Danger and Deliverances
  10. Religion and Customs of the Arabs
  11. Discouragements Versus Encouragements and Otherwise

Chapter 1. Early Life and Leading

August, 1874, the quiet town of Salisbury, Wilts, was visited by the late Robert Moffat, the veteran pioneer of African missions. Hundreds flocked to hear the grand old man as he told out in simple boldness the remarkable story of his life and some of his thrilling experiences during his missionary career. Among others in that vast audience that evening was the writer, then a lad of eight years of age, who had been led by a boyish spirit of curiosity to attend the meeting. He was the son of godly parents, of that town, and was then but a schoolboy. One result of that gathering was, that the missionary fire was kindled in that lad’s heart never to be put out, although sometimes damped. Outwardly there was nothing that would even encourage the thought of ever becoming a missionary, but Psalm xxxvii, 4 and 5…

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My Four Years in Turkish Prisons by Archibald Forder

David's Tower, Jerusalem, close to the Jaffa Gate, where Mr Archibald Forder Was first imprisoned

In this exclusive article Mr. Forder tells the readers of THE SUNDAY AT HOME, to whom his work as a missionary in Palestine for twenty-five years is well known, the remarkable story of his terrible experiences during the war-a story in which His Majesty the King recently showed a deep and sympathetic interest. Our readers will remember that before the war Mr. Forder was known as one of the greatest living authorities on Palestine, and especially on work among the Bedouins. – The Editor

Archibald Forder [1863-1934], “My Four Years in Turkish Prisons,” Sunday at Home (1919-1920): 265-271. [Download complete article in PDF]

The book referred to in this article In Brigands Hands is already available on-line here. I will endeavour to locate and publish more of his articles in Sunday at Home.

When last I wrote an article for THE SUNDAY AT HOME, I little dreamed that I should ever have such a story to tell as that which I now sit down to write. My pen travels slowly. It is not merely that my hand is paralysed. My heart is almost too full for words. I feel I must confine myself to the simple facts of my imprisonment and of my release. I will tell the story as simply as I can.

When the war broke out, we who were working in Palestine had no idea that Turkey would be involved. Many missionaries left the country by order of their committees. We who were independent preferred to remain. Every week we were assured that we were safe. Suddenly came the news that Turkey had entered the war, and many residents in Jerusalem found to their dismay that they were detained. [Continue reading]