Some 110,000 Jews left Iraq in 1950 and 1951 – a Jewish community that could trace its origins back to the Babylonians.
Iraq faces an ongoing crisis of sovereignty, 90 years after independence.
Surveying the world of Late Antiquity from its Persian centre.
If tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf lead to war, it will not be the first time.
Two imperial ventures, in the same Middle East town a century apart, reveal the similarities – and differences – in the exercise of power.
At the beginning of the 20th century the Great Powers competed for the right to extract the vast oil reserves around the Iraqi city of Mosul. The motivation – and prize – was energy security.
Roger Hudson details the defining role played by oil in the predominantly Kurdish-populated city of Kirkuk in Iraq.
Justin Marozzi admires Hugh Kennedy’s article from 2004, which offers a nuanced portrait of the great Abbasid caliph, Harun al Rashid, much-mythologised hero of The Arabian Nights.
Cyril Falls profiles perhaps the ideal soldier in war and, certainly, the ideal British Commander-in-Chief.
Possibly some innate realism prevented the Mesopotamians from seeing death other than objectively. But the Epic of Gilgamesh remains an eloquent witness to the poignancy of their interrogation of the meaning of human life and destiny. S.G.F. Brandon.