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In the Anglo-Arab Labyrinth: The McMahon-Husayn Correspondence and Its Interpretations, 1914-1939
In the Anglo-Arab Labyrinth: The McMahon-Husayn Correspondence and Its Interpretations, 1914-1939
By Eli Kedourie
Cambridge University Press, 1976, 330 pp

Looking closely at the famous letters exchanged between High Commissioner McMahon and Sharif Husayn of Mecca, Kedourie concludes that they do not support the interpretation put on them by Husayn and other Arab leaders. He then examines how official Britain dealt with the issue of the correspondence over the next two decades in "a miasm of guilt and self-incrimination."