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The 'lost' city re-emerged on August 22nd, 1812

Robin Waterfield, author of a new book on the Greek soldier Xenophon, explains how he came to retrace the steps of the soldier’s famous journey to the Black Sea.
Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

Richard Cavendish describes how Caliph Uthman was murdered on June 16th, 656.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

Cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett considers how perceptions of Cleopatra have moved in the last decade and a half.

Volume: 56 Issue: 8 2006

While Hezbollah again hit the headlines during the summer, its historical roots are less familiar. Andrew Arsan traces the political emergence of the Shi’a community in Lebanon.

Volume: 56 Issue: 12 2006

James Waterson introduces the slave warriors of medieval Islam who overthrew their masters, defeated the Mongols and the Crusaders and established a dynasty that lasted three hundred years.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

Diplomat and traveller Hugh Leach draws on his experience of working with Arab tribes to examine T.E. Lawrence’s strategy in the Arab revolt, in anticipation of a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

Volume: 55 Issue: 10 2005

Umej Bhatia discusses Muslim memories of the Crusades and their resonances in Middle Eastern politics today.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

David Cesarani examines the effects of a long history on a new nation state.

Volume: 54 Issue: 2 2004

Robert Carr traces developments in British policy between 1917 and 1956.

Issue: 50 2004

Andrew Petersen uncovers the city that was once an Islamic capital, and suggests reasons for its decline in the eleventh century.

Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

Jonathan Phillips sees one of the most notorious events in European history as a typical ‘clash of cultures’.

Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

Hugh Kennedy examines the life of one of the most powerful men in the world in the eighth century.

Volume: 54 Issue: 9 2004

The founder of Saudi Arabia died on November 9th, 1953. In his last years he was one of the richest men on earth.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003
Roger Owen considers bell’s impact on the much maligned consul-general of Egypt.
Volume: 54 Issue: 1 2003

Corinne Atkins examines the events in Iraq in the 7th century AD, which precipitated the first and only great division of Islam, the ramifications of which are seen today in Iraq and more widely.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003

Karen Thomas previews 'Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen', the main exhibition at the British Museum over the summer months.

Volume: 52 Issue: 6 2002

Valerie Holman describes the little-known role played by the cartoonist Kem in assisting the British propaganda effort aimed at Iran.

Volume: 52 Issue: 3 2002

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to the nationalisation of Iranian oil fields on May 2nd, 1951.

Volume: 51 Issue: 5 2001

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to Jordan's annexation of the West Bank, on April 24th, 1950.

Volume: 50 Issue: 4 2000

Richard Cavendish describes the formation of the state of Israel, proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, on May 14th, 1948.

Volume: 48 Issue: 5 1998

Robert Irwin on how Islam saw the Christian invaders.

Volume: 47 Issue: 4 1997

John France recounts the against-the-odds narrative of the capture of the Holy City by the forces of the First Crusade.

Volume: 47 Issue: 4 1997

Re-opening of the National Museum.

Volume: 45 Issue: 10 1995

Keith Feldman explores the multi period sites in northern Israel dating from the Iron Age to the late Byzantine era.

Volume: 44 Issue: 10 1994

Ann Hills explores the Yemen Arab Republic's unique historic capital.

Volume: 39 Issue: 1 1989

Michael Houses looks at the grievances and history of the troubled Middle East country.

Volume: 39 Issue: 1 1989

Palestinian revolt - not in Israel today but under the British mandate fifty years ago. Charles Townshend traces its impact and discusses its character.

Volume: 39 Issue: 7 1989

Running after foreign gods - Richard Stoneman explains how Rome's Syrian rival, the city of Palmyra, and her formidable queen Zenobia influenced the religion and mores of the later Empire - and brought us in the process Christmas Day.

Volume: 38 Issue: 12 1988

Terence Mirabelli investigates why Syria is losing an archaeological site.

Volume: 37 Issue: 8 1987

The Victorians glorified the hero Gordon of Khartoum. But the reality was considerably less clear-cut.

Volume: 35 Issue: 1 1985

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