Middle East

A House Divided

What the Easter 1920 riots in Jerusalem revealed about British rule in Palestine.

Slaves to War

The military elite of the Muslim world was comprised of men who had been captured and forced into service. But to what extent were they subject to slavery?

The First Tanker War

If tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf lead to war, it will not be the first time.

Speaking My Language

Arabic was not just spread by the sword, but by merchants, patron-hunting poets and dowry-seeking princes.

Beyond Balfour and Sykes-Picot

Steering clear of Orientalist fantasy and patriotic British myth, this innovative analysis brings clarity to the complexities of the Middle East in the early 20th century.

Shakespeare: the Bard Beyond Borders

Shakespeare’s approach to history and geography is often regarded as something of a joke. But his skill was in reconstructing the medieval Mediterranean for audiences whose horizons were being expanded.