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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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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.


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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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Libya in the 1950s

Jennifer Mack on her book, The Construction of Equality

| , January 10th, 2022


Interview by Lynda Chubak https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-construction-of-equality Lynda Chubak: Bringing together architecture, urban planning and anthropology, you trac…


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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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H-Egypt Network

tabsir , October 25th, 2021


There is a new resource regarding the study of Egypt from the start of the Islamic era until the present at H-Egypt.


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Baghdad in the 19th Century

tabsir , October 18th, 2021


A richly illustrated book in French from 1887 on Iraq and Persia has an incredible number of illustrations. The book can be downloaded here. I attach some of…


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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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Baghdad Postcards #2

tabsir , June 19th, 2021


Here are several early 20th century postcards showing life in and around Baghdad.


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Baghdad Postcards #1

tabsir , June 7th, 2021


Baghdad was featured in a number of early 20th century postcards. Several of these were printed by A.a.K Naman… Here are images of two of Baghdad’s mosques.


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The Shrine of Nabi Hud

tabsir , May 8th, 2021


One of the most impressive architectural sites in Yemen is off the beaten track in the Hadramawt, about 90 miles north of al-Mukalla. This is the shrine of…


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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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Images from the 19th century “Bible World”

tabsir , April 21st, 2021


There were many books written by Christian missionaries and clergy during the 19th century. While the text itself has long since been outdated, the engravings are still fascinating…


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Urban Acupuncture Design Theory: Researching New Development Practices in South Africa

Laurin Baumgardt , February 18th, 2021


Sometimes it only takes a “spark,” a “simple, focused intervention,” a “single stroke of genius,” or “the single prick of a needle” to release the flows and create…


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#Academicfictions: Nina was here

Clare Maxwell , February 17th, 2021


“Miss Nina, time to wake up! First bus leaves in half an hour!” Nina opened her eyes halfway, and nodded assent. “OK honey, I’ll check on you in…


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A Political Project and a Geopolitical Terrain: The New Referral Hospital Built by China in Niamey by Fanny Chabrol

Fanny Chabrol , February 16th, 2021


Design by okb-buro.com The first time I approached the new General Referral Hospital in Niamey in June 2018, I thought it looked like a prison building, huge and…


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Views of al-Shihr on the Hadrami Coast

dvarisco , February 13th, 2021


In 1991 while on a World Bank consultancy in Aden, I had an opportunity to visit al-Shihr on the Hadrami coast. Here are some scenes from that trip….


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Picturing Egypt a Century Ago

dvarisco , February 1st, 2021


Cairo around 1920 In 1921 one of the many geographical/travel books published was the The Human Interest Library: Visuali?ed Knowledge (Chicago: Midland Press). In volume IV there is…


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The Spectrum of Research and Practice in Guatemalan Science Studies

Melanie Ford Lemus , January 19th, 2021


On November 21, 2020, protestors flooded the historic and political center of Guatemala City over the congressional approval of a  budget bill of nearly twelve billion dollars (or ninety-nine billion…


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Infrastructure, Maintenance, and Waste in a Myanmar Hospital by Nora Wuttke

Nora Wuttke , December 17th, 2020


Design by okb-buro.com Hand sketches shown in with this article are by the author from her fieldwork in Yangon in 2020. All images copyright by Nora Wuttke. The…


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Tommies: a very British haunt? by Frances Williams

Frances Williams , December 8th, 2020


Designed by: okb-buro.com/ Earlier this year, the world became familiar with the facade of Britain’s St Thomas’ Hospital when, in late March, it became the backdrop for breaking…


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