On a hazy
morning early in 1922, Leopold Weiss stood on the planks
of a ship on his way to the East where he would
experience his first Arab encounters, as if they were a
presentiment of what the future held in store for him.
After several months of travel in the Middle East,
Leopold Weiss returned to Germany and published his
journal entries as Unromantisches Morgenland, aus dem
Tagebuch einer Reise. This first English translation
of a long forgotten work recaptures his initial
experiences in an unknown and intriguing land where he
found a new home and a new sense of belonging.
The Unromantic Orient is not only an impressionistic
journal of a young man in search of certitude, it also
provides insights into the spiritual transformation of
Leopold Weiss who would soon convert to Islam and spend
the rest of his life in studying and writing about it.
The travelogue starts on March 14, 1922 at the Jerusalem
train station and takes us through Cairo, Amman, parts
of the Transjordan, Palestine, Damascus and Istanbul.
The book includes 32 pages of Muhammad Asads original
photos taken in 1922.