Al-Nafud, Saudi Arabia Sands

Doughty, Thesiger, and Burton fascinated us with their tales about Arabia and its deserts in their books Travels on Arabia Deserta, Arabian Sands, and Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Makkah. In my library these books are always in the foreground, ready to be read again and again. The desert is the most…

Gertrude Bell: a reflection on her legacy as a Person

The remarkable life of Gertrude Bell and her successes have been largely written out of history. A reflection on her role in the Middle Eastern history as an archaeologist, a nation builder, an explorer, and what her legacy can tell us about how women are perceived.