Überblick:Der Verlag über das Buch excellent images of exuberant cultural decoration'The rugged mountains of southwest Saudi Arabia define an area with unique environmental and cultural features. Ethnographer Mauger twice has explored the Asir region recording some of its most distinctive characteristics - striking domestic architecture distinguished both in form and by traditions of exuberant decoration expressed through ornamental stonework and brilliantly colored exterior and interior murals. The book is prodominantly a photo essay with excellent color images of often spactacular architectural decoration....The book is highly recommended as a visual record of the litle-known art tradition hreatened with extinction because of modernization.'---Eugene C. Burt Library Journal Magazin Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Thierry Mauger has been a radar instructor computer field engineer weapons system instructor and ethnophotographer. He is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales a member of the Société des Gens de Lettres and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also active in the International Cooperation for the Preservation and Protection of Traditional Architectural Heritage (CICAT).Well known to everyone interested in Saudi Arabia he has traveled extensively in Asia and shared the life of the Arctic Inuit in 1985 before devoting himself to the tribes of Arabia. He is the author of several books including In the Shadow of the Black Tents (Tihama 1986) Bedouins of Arabia (Souffles 1988) Flowered Men and Green Slopes of Arabia ( Souffles 1988) The Ark of the Desert (Souffles 1991) and Undiscovered Asir ( Stacey 1993). He has also published a scholarly work on the image in the Arab world (EHESS 1994) and a doctoral dissertation (social anthropology and ethnology) on the vernacular architecture of Asir (EHESS 1995).A ten-year stay in Saudi Arabia inspired Thierry Mauger to conduct a very extensive exploratory survey. After traveling across the country he focused on Asir one of the least known and most accessible parts of the globe. It is to the author's credit that he discovered and photographed the flowered men and the polychromatic frescoes in these remote territories.