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Yemen Film 1973

tabsir , May 15th, 2022


This exquisite film was produced in 1973 and filmed in 1972, thus representing Yemen half a century ago. It is now available on Youtube. The filmmakers were Karen…


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Source for Arabic pdfs

tabsir , May 12th, 2022


Here is a very useful source for downloading pdfs of Arabic texts on a wide range of subjects. Check it out here: https://ebook.univeyes.com/disciplines


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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…


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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.


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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.


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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…


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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.


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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…


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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…


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Rethinking Egyptian Cosmology and the Grand Canyon

eelaswad , November 15th, 2021


Desert View of the Grand Canyon (©el-Sayed el-Aswad, October, 2021) This article relates to a previous paper entitled “Egyptian Cosmology and the Grand Canyon” published by Tabsir on…


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Al-Jallad on Pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

tabsir , October 19th, 2021


One of the foremost scholars of the pre-Islamic languages and inscriptions of the Arabian Peninsula is Dr. Ahmad al-Jallad. Here is a Youtube video of a lecture he…


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Online Books in Halle

tabsir , October 16th, 2021


At least 337 Books published in Germany on Islam and history of the Middle East are available to read online or download. Most are in German but a…


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Stereoscopic Palestine

tabsir , September 11th, 2021


To access the article online, click here: https://www.palestine-studies.org/sites/default/files/jq-articles/Time%20Travelers%20in%20Palestine%20-%20Stereoscopic%20Journey.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2…


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Recovering Iraqi Heritage

tabsir , August 3rd, 2021


The site DNYUZ has an article on the restoration of stolen artifacts from Iraq being found and returned.


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King Tut’s Tomb in Color

tabsir , July 17th, 2021


Nice site with photos of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922.


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Iran Exhibition in London

tabsir , June 4th, 2021


There is a new exhibit on Iran at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through 12 September. If you cannot make it to the exhibition, there is…


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Excavating Egyptology

tabsir , May 2nd, 2021


The New York Review of Books has an interesting review of three recent books on the archaeology and filmic versions of ancient Egypt.


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Damascus Heritage

tabsir , April 29th, 2021


For an impressive website devoted to the heritage of Damascus, check out “Damascus Heritage.” There are several Youtube videos accessible from the website. I especially like the im…


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Maraqten on the Qur’an in light of Pre-Islamic Inscriptions

tabsir , April 26th, 2021


Dr. Muhammad Maraqten, the distinguished archaeologist and specialist on ancient pre-Islamic languages of the Arabian Peninsula, delivered a lecture almost a year ago on our knowledge of the…


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Parading with the Pharaohs

tabsir , April 4th, 2021


Yesterday there was an extravaganza parade in Cairo parading the embalmed remains of 22 ancient Egyptian pharaohs to their new “eternal” resting place in the National Museum of…


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Oldest Beer Site

tabsir , March 31st, 2021


Check out this report in The Guardian on what may be the oldest site for producing beer in the world. Of course it was discovered by archaeologists…


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Geocolonialism and the War in Yemen

tabsir , July 2nd, 2018


In April Secretary-General António Guterres called the situation in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. After more than three years of a lopsided war between a Western-supported Saudi/Emirat…


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Arabic Writing before Islam

tabsir , May 29th, 2016


In most world history survey courses, Arabia is introduced for the first time only as backstory to the rise of Islam. We’re told that there was a tradition…


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Metropolitan Museum of Art Books

tabsir , February 28th, 2016


You can download fifty years of publications by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for free. Yes, for free. There are books on the art of Islamic Spain, Egypt,…


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