Middle East

Still standing: the pillars of Sirwah’s temple.

The current conflict in southern Arabia is threatening one of the most remarkable sites of the region’s pre-Islamic civilisations.

The explorer died on October 20th 1890.

The walls and minaret of the Abu Dulaf mosque, Samarra, Iraq, ninth century.

Too many historians and commentators view history from a western perspective. In doing so, they turn their back on the roots of our global system, argues Peter Frankopan.

Roger Hudson details the tense situation leading up to the evacuation of British troops from Aden in 1967.

'The Palaces at Nimrud Restored', 1853, imagined by the city's first excavator, Austen Henry Layard and architectural historian James Fergusson

Before its untimely end this once great city was the centre of a vast and powerful civilisation.

The warrior and tutor-in-arms to the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine promised his dying charge that he would complete the sacred task of crusading to the Levant. Did he succeed in his mission and fight the forces of Saladin?

Mandeans perform a baptism ceremony in the River Nepean, Sydney, Australia

Across the Middle East, minority religions are under threat. 

As the jihadists of ISIS continue their brutal campaign to restore the Islamic caliphate, Conor Meleady draws parallels with the ultimately futile efforts of another would-be caliph a century ago.

Lionel Kochan profiles one of the leading bankers among British Jews, who devoted fifty years of his long life to the welfare of Jewry overseas and the future of Palestine.

Victorian travellers had made Arab studies a romantic discipline; but, writes Alaric Jacob, British involvement in Arab affairs arose from the First World War.