Category archive: Sheikhs

My Sons of the Desert World

Readers have sometimes asked me for information on the countries and monarchs who make up the Middle Eastern/Central Asian world in the SONS OF THE DESERT mini-series. Here’s an overview of that world:

PARVAN is a country of mountains and desert. The capital is Shahr-i-Bozorg, its main language is Parvani, and its ruler is Shah Kavian, with his wife Alinor. Their story was told in BRIDE OF THE SHEIKH. Parvan has for neighbours the Barakat Emirates and Kaljukistan. Its highest peak is the great Mount Shir (which means both ‘lion’ and ‘milk’) and which can be seen from all the surrounding countries. Parvan means ‘butterfly’.