Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Traffic at a Cairo intersection (source: YouTube screenshot)

Ziad Fahmy's "Street Sounds"

Egypt, and the "great clamour" of urban life

Rocket fire from Gaza into Israel on 10 May 2021 (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images Fired)

Escalation in the Middle East

Flare-up between Israel and Hamas paints a bleak picture

Bicentenary of Napoleon: A controversial legacy

British author Isabella Hammad (photo: Ula Soltys)

Isabella Hammad on "The Parisian"

"Palestinians need to set the terms of their own liberation"

Illustration by Deloupy from "Algeriennes", story by Swann Meralli, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger (published in English by Pennsylvania State University Press)

"Algeriennes" by Swann Meralli and Deloupy

The bravery and resilience of Algeria's "mujahidates"

A youth walks past a banner depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally for Druze residents of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights in the village of Majdal Shams to mark Syria's Independence Day on 17 April 2021 (photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP)

Syria 10 years on

Bashar al-Assad’s Pyrrhic victory and the arrogance of power

Author and historian Raphael Cormack at the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival (photo: photoshot/picture-alliance)

Interview with Raphael Cormack, author of "Midnight in Cairo"

From dust to glory – the divas of Egypt’s roaring 20s

Islamist activists carry placards against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was released in 2018 after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy; Karachi, 21 November 2018 (photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Execution for a Facebook post?

Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries

An undated handout photo released 8 April 2021 by the Zahi Hawass Center For Egyptology shows an archaeological discovery as part of the "Lost Golden City" in Luxor, Egypt. The city is 3000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay (photo: Zahi Hawass Center For Egyptology via AP)

Archaeologists discover "Lost Golden City of Luxor"

Lebanese author Chaza Charafeddine (photo: Talal Khoury; source: edition-converso.com))

Chaza Charafeddine's "Beirut für wilde Mädchen"

Flashback from Beirut

Erodgan presenting a map of northeastern Syria (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/S. Weng)

Turkey and northern Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's deadly serious colonial project

King Hussein of Jordan speaks at the re-opening of Parliament in 1957 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

One hundred years of Jordan

"A land for all Arabs" turned Middle East anchor of stability

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