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Middle Eastern History

From the earliest civilisations to Biblical times, from the era of the Crusades to the Ottoman Empire and the founding of its modern nations, in times of peace and of conflict, the history of the Middle East is as rich and diverse as any region of the world. Discover, in these pages, the history of some of the peoples that have made their mark in this vast and influential part of the world. Among them: the Persians, Jews, Arabs and Nabateans. Explore through the written word, the history of the great cities of this vast region: Jerusalem, Baghdad and Damascus to name but a few.

Kemal Ataturk, Revolutionary and Founder of Modern Turkey

Mustafa Kemal's ambition was to liberate Turkey from ancient beliefs which he believed made it backward and prevented it from joining the modern world. Kemal...

The Ottoman Harem – Concubines, Odalisques and Eunuchs

The fascinating world of the beautiful women that lived to satisfy and entertain the Sultan at the Ottoman court, surrounded by castrated slaves. During the...

Causes of the Six Day War

The causes of the six day war (also called the 1967 war) between Israel and its Arab neighbors are important to understanding Arab-Israeli relations...

British and Polish Mercenaries in 1960s Yemen

Whether “Soldiers of Fortune”, “Dogs of War”, or, as they like to call themselves, “Advisers”, the adventures of mercenaries have always been the stuff...

The 1982 Israeli Invasion of Lebanon – Back Story

The operational objectives of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 are relatively well known, less so the complex back story to the event. On...

An Overview of Lake Kinneret, the Biblical Sea of Galilee

Today Lake Kinneret, the Biblical Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias (and historically by many other names), still plays an important role...

The First Caliphs and the Rise of the Islamic Empire

When Muhammad died unexpectedly in 632 CE no one was in place to take over leadership of the expanding Islamic world. The resulting power...

History of the Veil in Early Islam: Prestige and Segregation of the Muslim Female

At the time of the dawn of Islam, women of high status in greater Arabia followed the Mesopotamian practice of veiling to indicate their...

British Interest in Iraq in the Early 20th Century

The area known today as "Iraq" grew in importance for leaders of the British Empire during the first two decades of the twentieth century. During...

The Legendary Origins of Coffee

Not much is known about the early history of coffee, and many tall tales and legends have arisen to fill in the blanks of...
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