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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.

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...

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 Armenian Genocide and Race Extermination: How the World Responds to the Massacre of...

The historical evidence, chiefly from eyewitness accounts and American diplomats & missionaries in Turkey in 1915, concludes that Turkish atrocities constituted genocide. In the midst...

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...

War Over Water in the Middle East

Historically in the Middle East there has always been a struggle for nations to ensure adequate water supplies for their own citizens. The fragility of...

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...

Flavius Josephus Early Jewish and Roman History: Historical Resources

Flavius Josephus, was born Joseph the son of Matthias, in Jerusalem in 37­ CE. His autobiography tells of a three-year period living in the...

Unilateral Approach to River Jordan Resource Development in 1950s

Following the War of Independence (Nakba), riparian neighbours took the unilateral approach to the use of the River Jordan as an essential water resource. At...

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...

Muhammad and the Early Islamic State

Due to the way in which influential biography’s on Muhammad’s life, sayings and movements were written centuries after his death, it is difficult to...