Browsing in the library I struck upon Heart-Beguiling Araby: The English Romance with Arabia (I.B. Tauris, 1989) by Kathryn Tidrick.
One of the books to file under “oh-if-I-had-time-I-so-would!”, I fell in love with the opening quote:
Despite bearing negative connotations, I cannot help but find a beauty in the writer’s hidden efforts to resist.
He affects a disdain, but the sense that he is drawn nonetheless is tangible.
From 1949 to 2011, the bewitching quality of the Middle East has lost none of its allure.