Today in World history: the Armistice of Mudros (1918)

The Ottomans I think sometimes get a bad rap for losing World War I, because, hey, if you only go by the final result it was a pretty total Ottoman defeat. But the fact of the matter is that Ottoman forces generally acquitted themselves well for most of the war, especially in Europe and the… Continue reading Today in World history: the Armistice of Mudros (1918)

Columbus and the Islamic World

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! As we commemorate the impact that Christopher Columbus had upon the peoples of the Americas, I thought in keeping with the focus of this blog that it would be appropriate to talk about his impact (broadly speaking) on the Middle East. Source: Columbus and the Islamic World

The Rihlah: Who was Ibn Battuta?

I’m kicking off my new “Ibn Battuta’s Journey” project over at TheRihlah.com this weekend, and our first serious post talks about who Ibn Battuta was and what he did. Please check it out: Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Lawati al-Tangi ibn Battuta, or “Ibn Battuta” for short, was born in the Moroccan city of Tangier… Continue reading The Rihlah: Who was Ibn Battuta?

Today in history: a lot of stuff

So many things happened on October 30 that relate to this blog’s usual material that it would be impossible to pick just one to talk about. Last year I wrote about three of them, but instead of reblogging all three I thought I’d just list them all here in chronological order. Antioch surrenders to the… Continue reading Today in history: a lot of stuff

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Fall of Constantinople is one of the great milestones in world history, signifying the end of the last vestiges of the Roman Empire and the true ascendance of the Ottoman Empire as a great world power. For world historians, who generally put a period change around the year 1500, it’s one of the markers… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)