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Drinking coffee in the desert with Charles Doughty

January 16, 2016 3 Comments
Drinking coffee in the desert with Charles Doughty

On 10 November 1876, having taught himself Arabic, a 31 year old Englishmen called Charles Montagu Doughty set off from Damascus to travel alone across the Empty Quarter of the Arabian peninsula via Meda’in Saleh to join the Haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.  It was a quixotic act.  The British Consul refused to help him […]

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