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Wanderlust leads Jesuit Bowering to Islamic world Wanderlust leads Jesuit Bowering to Islamic world am, May 17, Despite his enormous 6-footinch frame, Professor Gerhard Bowering seems gentle enough to be your grandfather.
Unlike your grandfather, Bowering refuses to romanticize the wanderlust that has taken him through the slums of Cairo to a tiny office on Temple Street. Now 61 years old, he has roamed through more than 50 countries. It neglects to include the obvious, English. Total: at least Although he has plenty of stories, Bowering dismisses the idea of writing a memoir about his journeys. After years of travel in the Islamic world, Bowering got a Ph.
Bowering muses at the disparate Islamic worlds in which he has immersed himself. He tries to stay in the poorer quarters of the countries he frequents but admits that completely living at the poverty level when he travels is impossible.
Despite State Department warnings, Bowering has traveled in the Middle East in the midst of tense situations. During the Six-Day War in , Bowering was walking along the Nile with a handkerchief on his head which some overzealous Egyptian officials mistook for a yarmulke, the traditional Jewish head-covering. Suspecting that Bowering was an Israeli spy, they brought him in for a brief interrogation but quickly released him.
Bowering downplayed the incident, saying that he has never felt his life threatened. Without a family, Bowering said, he had more freedom to maneuver in potentially dangerous situations. He also made efforts to avoid unnecessary risks. Friends who have accompanied him in his travels tell him that he almost transforms into another person to suit his new environment.
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