Journey into the Arabian desert, a place few outsiders have ever visited. With an insight and sensitivity that reveal her love of this region, Isabel Cutler demystifies the landscape and people in Mysteries of the Desert. Dramatic lighting, shadows, and cloud patterns punctuate the moody desertscapes and provide a fascinating counterpoint to portraits of the vibrant Bedouins who live in this stark land. Cutler's full-color photographs celebrate the hearty life in the desert, exploring the subtle patterns made by windswept dunes, sand textures produced by the erosion of rock, and relics of ancient palaces. Accompanying the evocative images are excerpts from classic and modern Arabic verse--a tribute to the rich oral and written poetry traditions of the culture. This captivating book reveals the timeless essence of the land and its people.