Synopsis by Alice Day
For two years, Charles Doughty, travel writer, poet, scholar, and adventurer, lived among Bedouins in the "empty quarter" of the Saudi Arabian desert. He joined a pilgrimage from Damascus to Mecca, an Englishman disguised as an Arab enduring the temperature extremes of the desert among people who could be unpredictable. Out of his extraordinary experience came his book Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888), which was highly regarded by T.E. Lawrence. Doughty was never really accepted by the established intellectual community, but through Lawrence's admiration, became better known to the public.