Today in Middle Eastern history: General Allenby comes to Jerusalem (1917)

Welcome to the anniversary of one of the most symbolically important events of the First World War, British General Edmund Allenby’s dramatic entrance into Jerusalem. The Battle of Jerusalem was an almost six-week affair that began in mid-November, 1917, when Allenby and his Egyptian Expeditionary Force followed up their success at Mughar Ridge by pushing … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: General Allenby comes to Jerusalem (1917)

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Today in Middle Eastern history: the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by the Caliph al-Hakim (1009)

This post always worries me a bit because there’s the chance somebody will read the title and think, “See? Muslims persecuting Christians; it’s been going on for over a thousand years!” That would be unfortunate, because it wasn’t “Muslims” who ordered the destruction of the church that supposedly stands on the site of Jesus’s crucifixion … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by the Caliph al-Hakim (1009)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Saladin takes Jerusalem (1187)

While you know that I don’t generally have very nice things to say about the Crusaders, there is a certain something about the defense of Jerusalem, manned by common citizens and squires, some of whom were knighted by Balian out of a sheer desperate need for manpower, that you have to respect. These weren’t the … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Saladin takes Jerusalem (1187)