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Quaranic inscriptions on the dome of the mausoleum of the 13th-century Persian mystic Jalal al-Din Muhammad al-Rumi, Konya, central Anatolia.

An introduction to Sufism, the mystical-ascetical movement within Islam, whose followers have often been the target of ISIS jihadis.

Statue of Lenin outside the Luzhniki Olympic Stadium, Moscow.

The Russian Revolution should not be confined to 1917. The legacy of its leader and chief ideologue lives on in all its terrible contradictions.

The untold story of African-Americans’ civil cases in the segregated South.

The great stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. (Bridgeman Images)

Cultural curiosity inspired generations of British imperialists to unearth India’s past.

While Antony and Cleopatra have been immortalised in history and in popular culture, their offspring have been all but forgotten. Their daughter, Cleopatra Selene, became an important ruler in her own right. 

The outlaw with his bow, from Robin Hood, 1795.

When the justice system of medieval England was found to be too corrupt, Robin Hood and the outlaws of fact and fiction created their own system beyond the law.

West German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, makes his farewell speech before resigning from office on 15 October 1963, with Willy Brandt, Chancellor 1969-74, on his left.

How did Germany’s postwar politicians deal with the legacy of Nazism and defeat?

Getting and keeping the throne in the Ottoman Empire was no easy task. For a new sultan, the most foolproof method of securing power was to kill all other claimants.

Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu, India.

An eclectic account of the complex history of south India, where centuries move back and forth.

'Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River', by Mi Fu, c.1095.

From cave paintings to Kindle, our history is written in ink – adapted and reinvented to reflect, and influence, the needs of the day.