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Topsy-Turvy Land: Arabia Pictured for Children
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Topsy-Turvy Land: Arabia Pictured for Children

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Fleming H. Revell 1902

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Inspired by Arabian Nights, Samuel Zwemer and his wife, Amy Zwemer, penned a book for young adults and children to teach them about the people and places of the Bible lands.

Nicknamed the “Apostle to Islam,” for nearly 40 years Samuel M. Zwemer lived and worked in the Middle East, preaching the Gospel of Jesus and training hundreds of missionaries. Founder and editor of The Moslem World, Zwemer—familiar with the land, language, and people of Islam—provided a window into a growing religion and culture that few Westerners knew. Zwemer’s legacy as one of the finest Christian scholars of Islam is still recognized today.

In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in Arabia: The Cradle of Islam are tagged and appear on mouse-over. What’s more, Scripture references are linked to the wealth of language resources in your Logos library. If you own the English and Arabic Qur’an, you can follow along with Zwemer in his analysis of Islamic doctrine and his studies comparing Islam to Christianity. This makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal Bible study.

Key Features

  • Children’s book inspired by Arabian Nights
  • Written by Samuel Zwemer and his wife Amy Zwemer
  • Teachings on the people and places of the Bible


  • Why is Arabia Topsy-Turvy Land?
  • A Lesson in Geography
  • The Square-House with the Black Overcoat
  • Sabbach-Kum Bil Kheir!
  • At the Corner Grocery
  • Blind Fatimah
  • Dates and Sugar-Cane
  • The Shepherd of the Sewing-Machine
  • The Children of the Desert
  • Noorah’s Prayer
  • Pictures with Words Only
  • The Queer Pennies of Oman and Hassa
  • Arab Babies and Their Mothers
  • Boat-Builders and Carpenters
  • Arabic Proverbs and Arabic Humour
  • Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Slaves and Slave Traders
  • About Some Little Missionaries
  • Turning the World Upside Down
  • Turning the World Downside Up

Praise for the Print Edition

No one is too old and very few are too young to enjoy and profit by it.

Presbyterian Journal

A book of pictures and stories for big children and small grown-up folk, for all who love Sinbad the Sailor and his strange country.

Boston Globe

Product Details

  • Title: Topsy-Turvy Land: Arabia Pictured for Children
  • Authors: Samuel M. Zwemer and Amy E. Zwemer
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 124

About Samuel M. Zwemer

Samuel Marinus Zwemer (1867–1952) was born in Vriesland, Michigan and educated at Hope College, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Muskingham College, and Rutgers College. Zwemer served as a missionary in the Middle East from 1891–1929 where he earned his nickname “The Apostle to Islam.” In 1929, he was appointed professor of missions and professor of the history of religion at Princeton Theological Seminary. He retired from Princeton College Seminary at the age of 70.

Zwemer was the founder and edited The Moslem World for 35 years and the author of dozens of books, articles, essays, and periodicals—mostly revolving around missionary work and Islam.

About Amy E. Zwemer

Amy E. Zwemer (1866–1937) was the wife of Samuel Marinus Zwemer when they married in 1896. She was the first Anglican in Bahrain when she settled there with her husband.

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