Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Gertrude Bell, historical images from Iraq (source: gemeinfrei; montage: ard.de)

Sykes-Picot and the role of Gertrude Bell

Midwife of the Middle East

Hermann, Prince of Puckler-Muskau (photo: Wikipedia)

The Oriental adventures of Hermann von Puckler-Muskau

Prussia's favourite dandy

Colonel Mark Sykes (left) was a member of Britain's Conservative Party; Francois Georges-Picot (right) was a French diplomat

100 years of Sykes-Picot

"A tapestry of plans and promises"

The last German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

″Simplicissimus″ and the Palestine issue

Satire's timeless appeal

Geographical divisions in the Middle East according to the Sykes-Picot agreement following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire (source: British Library)

The crisis of the Arab nation state

Reconstructed reality

Lebanese peace activists following a bomb attack in Tripoli (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Lebanon: from amnesty to amnesia

Lacking a culture of remembrance

Life in Lebanon at the beginning of the twentieth century

Historical map of Tripolitania under the Karamanli dynasty (source: Wikipedia)

Libya

Miss Tully′s ″Narrative of a Ten-Year Residence at Tripoli in Africa″

An armed Iraqi guards the excavation of a newly discovered Sumerian settlement in Umm al-Aqareb some 300 kilometres south of Baghdad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Mesopotamia: the cradle of civilisation

"Pharaoh in Canaan" exhibit (source: dpa)

Pharaoh in Canaan: The untold story

Palestinian author Ahmed Masoud (photo: private)

Book review: ″Vanished″ by Ahmed Masoud

The youngest detective

Dr Thomas Asbridge (source: BBC.co.uk)

"The Crusades: Holy War"

"Harun al Rashid receives envoys from Charlemagne, 786" by Julius Koeckert 1864 (owned by the Maximilianeum in Munich)

Caliphs and assassins

Between myth and reality

Middle Eastern wasteland (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Geopolitics in the Middle East

A new century dawns

Heads of state convene in Vienna to agree a roadplan aimed at bringing the Syrian civil war to an end (photo: Reuters)

The Middle East

Preserving the Ottoman mosaic

Susan Abulhawa (photo: Chase Burkett)

"The Blue Between Sky and Water" by Susan Abulhawa

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Love and suffering in Gaza

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