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Where are the Himyarite Kings?

tabsir , April 29th, 2022

The war that has dragged on in Yemen for seven years has created a major humanitarian disaster. Yemen has experienced war and conflict before since the early days…


The State of Agriculture in Late 13th Century Rasulid Yemen: Part 1

tabsir , April 24th, 2022

By Daniel Martin Varisco [In 2003 I attended a conference in Rome and gave a paper which was eventually published in Convegno Storia e Cultura dello Yemen in…


Plough in Tunisia

tabsir , April 17th, 2022

I am always intrigued by old photographs of traditional ploughs in the Middle East. The picture above is from a 1925 travel book by Norma Lorimer entitled By…


Cairo in Old Photographs

tabsir , March 10th, 2022

Check out this website for a number of photographs of Cairo in the early part of the 20th century.


Mesopotamian Potluck

tabsir , March 7th, 2022

If you are bored with what you cook, give this rather ancient set of recipes a try. Read all about it on the MyMet website.


Lebanese Music at Baalbek

tabsir , March 5th, 2022

This is a beautifully filmed and played Youtube video of Lebanese music performed in the ruins of a temple in Lebanon.


Islamic Science Fiction Writing

tabsir , March 4th, 2022

Check out an interesting podcast on Muslim writing on science fiction.


Wahhabis in the Dustbin?

tabsir , February 23rd, 2022

This is a fascinating analysis by Hassan Hassan of the Saudi royal family trying to rewrite its past. It is available on the New/Lines website. Here is the…


Bulldozing Islamic Jeddah

tabsir , February 20th, 2022

mid-19th century view of Jeddah from Richard Burton’s travelogue The current de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, MBS, has promoted a major development scheme entitled Vision 2030. This…


Libya in the 1950s

Aden in the mid-19th Century

tabsir , February 14th, 2022

James Vaughn, a physician stationed in British-controlled Aden in the mid-19th century, published an article in 1853 in the British Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions (12:226-229,385-388), w…


Old Photos of Mandate Era Jerusalem

tabsir , February 7th, 2022

There is a fascinating Facebook site on old photographs of Jerusalem. Below is one of the images. Note the Victrola.


Old Algiers

tabsir , February 6th, 2022

a century old postcard of Algiers


Travels in Arabia

tabsir , February 3rd, 2022

One of the books I picked up over the years was a summary of early travelers to Arabia by Bayard Taylor, a noted traveler and poet. The 1892…


January in Yemen’s Agricultural Calendar

tabsir , January 30th, 2022

From the Facebook site of al-Amth?l al-zir?‘iyya f? Tih?ma.


The Syrian Mark Twain

tabsir , January 13th, 2022

Read the article here.


Who Owns the Holy Land?

tabsir , January 1st, 2022

As another year draws to a close, it is hard not to think in larger terms of the course of the last century. The world has seen two…


Loti on Palestine

tabsir , December 22nd, 2021

First English translation of ‘La Galilée’, an account of Pierre Loti’s travels in the Holy Land from Jerusalem to Beirut, via Damascus and many other interesting places, in…


Iranian Art Exhibition

tabsir , December 13th, 2021

The James Simon Galerie of the Staatliuche Museen zu Berlin has an ongoing exhibition on Iranian art. Click here for details.


Catching a Looter

tabsir , December 8th, 2021

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has conducted a major investigation into an antiquities dealer who bought looted materials from archaeological sites and museums. Read about it here…


With Pierre Loti in Persia

tabsir , December 8th, 2021

My friend, the historian G. Rex Smith, has recently translated into English a marvelous travel diary by the French military official and traveller Pierre Loti (1850-1923). It is…


Tim MacIntosh Smith

tabsir , November 28th, 2021

Read the article about Tim, whose writing on Yemen is terrific.


Democracy Denied in the Middle East

tabsir , November 21st, 2021

An excellent analysis of U.S. policy in the Middle East by Juan Cole.


Researching Islamic Manuscripts

tabsir , November 11th, 2021

Mahmoud Zaki has assembled a major resource on sources for the study of Islamic manuscripts, including links to major digital collections and publications. It can be accessed here….