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Egypt in 1876

The British diplomat Sir Valentine Chirol (1852-1929) wrote a memoir entitled Fifty Years in a Changing World (New York: Harcourt and Brace, …


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Baghdad and Iraq in 1901

The British traveler Sir Edgar Collins Boehm was one of many travelers up the Persian Gulf and elsewhere more than a century …


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The Shrine of Nabi Hud

One of the most impressive architectural sites in Yemen is off the beaten track in the Hadramawt, about 90 miles north of …


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Damascus Heritage

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


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Handbook of Yemen (1917)

In 1917 the British government issued a handbook on Yemen with details on the geography. local tribes and important individuals. It is …


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Parading with the Pharaohs

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


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Googling Ibn Majid

One of the most famous Arab navigators is the Omani Ahmad b. Majid, who flourished in the latter half of the 15th …


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Joseph Osgood in Aden: 2

Joseph Osgood was a Black American sailor who visited the Yemeni port of Aden about a dozen years before the start of …


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Joseph Osgood in Aden: 1

Joseph Osgood was a Black American sailor who visited the Yemeni port of Aden about a dozen years before the start of …


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Thesiger of Arabia

Anyone who knows anything about Arabia has no doubt heard of Lawrence of Arabia, even if only via Peter O’toole’s dazzling Hollywood …


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Burnout

Introduction: Why a zine? Clara del Junco and Mathilde Gerbelli-Gauthier In this post, we’re sharing some excerpts from Burnout: a zine about …


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Old “Arab” Postcards

If you would like to look at (or buy) old postcards and images from and about the Arab world, including North Africa, …


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Picturing Egypt a Century Ago

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


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