Gaza’s strategic position—the key to controlling access to Sinai, to Palestine and the wider Middle East—has made it an enviable prize for thousands of years. Jean-Pierre Filiu explains why during the First World War the British and Ottoman Empires fought so hard to control it.
Jean-Pierre Filiu, author of ‘Gaza: A History’, discusses the centrality of Gaza to the broader history of Palestine and the difficulties faced when trying to excavate it.
As coverage of Syria turns evermore towards trauma and destruction, this list tends towards the positive focussing on those aspects of Syria that can’t be destroyed by war.
Conflict did not always rule people’s minds and hearts and it did not shape Jewish–Arab relations from the start.
Matthew Carr describes the impact of Europe’s migrant tragedy on the island that Italians once called l’isola bella – the beautiful island.
As India’s election season gets into full swing, the idea of creating new states has once again appeared front and centre.
The United States serves as the archetype of all New World countries, founded as it was on self-conscious ideas instead of the principle of inheritance that to this day undergirds so many European nations.
The manifestations of Islamophobia evident after the gruesome murder of Lee Rigby were also apparent in Victorian Britain.