Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Still of an alley in the prostitutes' ghetto Shahr-e No in Tehran before 1980 (source: ROUYDAD24.IR)

Prostitution in the Shah's Iran

Shahr-e No – "the neighbourhood of the sorrowful"

Protests against the miserable economic situation in Tunis in December 2020 (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab world

"The people aren't ready" – can Arabs do democracy?

Owner Kazem Mabhutian, 63, serves tea at the smallest and oldest teahouse tucked away in an alleyway of the Grand Bazaar in the Iranian capital Tehran on 20 September 2021 (photo: ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Life in Iran

Treats and tradition in Tehran's oldest, tiniest teahouse

In "Homeland", starring actress Claire Danes, Shia Hezbollah are allied with the Sunni al-Qaida through their mutual hatred of the U.S. (photo: Sifeddine Elamine /Imago)

The West and Islam 20 years after 9/11

Paranoia, now

Mohamed ElBaradei (photo: Getty Images)

US policy in the Middle East

The America that Israel and Palestine need

Richard W. Bulliet of Columbia University attends The Louise Blouin Foundation Presents The Fifth Annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit – Day 1 at the Metropolitan Club on 19 September 2011 in New York City (photo: Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Louise Blouin Foundation)

Richard W. Bulliet's "Methodists and Muslims: My life as an Orientalist"

The agency of historians. Or what Edward Said missed out on

Poster of Muqtada al-Sadr in Sadr City, Baghdad, June 2021 (photo: Ahmed Saad/Reuters)

Reuters special report: U.S. enemy and friend of Iran?

Muqtada al-Sadr, the most powerful man in Iraq

A woman holds a picture of Iran's newly-elected president Ebrahim Raisi as supporters celebrate his victory in Imam Hussein square in the capital Tehran on 19 June 2021 (photo: Atta Kenare /AFP/Getty Images)

Raisi inherits an ancient civilisation

The striking continuity of Iran – Persia unchanged?

16 May 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands: a Black woman seen holding a placard over her head against colonialism during a demonstration. In Amsterdam thousands of Dutch people gathered at the Dam Square in Amsterdam to condemn the Israeli attacks and the forced evictions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem (photo: Ana Fernandez/Zumo Wire/imago images)

Israeli-Palestinian dialogue

Israel, Palestine – and nuance as the moral imperative

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