‘The Taste of Egypt’ by Dyna Eldaief – recipe extract: Okra, Lamb & Tomato Stew
Cookery / Middle East

‘The Taste of Egypt’ by Dyna Eldaief – recipe extract: Okra, Lamb & Tomato Stew

Bamya | Okra, Lamb and Tomato Stew Okra, which is also known as ‘ladies’ fingers’ is a small member of the mallow family, which also includes hollyhocks and hibiscus. The edible part is a thin, green vegetable pod containing small white seeds arranged in vertical rows. It is rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, very … Continue reading

Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List
History / Lists / Middle East / Politics

Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List

Turkey stands at the crossroads of world politics: caught between the West and the Middle East; bordering Syria and the frontiers of ISIS; excluded from the EU and governed by an increasingly hard-line leader. Recent events – both the failed military coup and Erdoğan’s subsequent nationwide crackdown – have propelled this young democracy into a new chapter of turbulence. Continue reading

VIDEO: A chat with Philip Mansel, author of ALEPPO
Authors / Middle East / Philip Mansel

VIDEO: A chat with Philip Mansel, author of ALEPPO

Excerpts of a 2016 interview with historian Philip Mansel, author of Aleppo: the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City. Dr Mansel describes Aleppo’s colourful history, its trading  position, and the vulnerability of cosmopolitan cities, both in the  Middle East and elsewhere. (Courtesy:  B Hadrian)   Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the … Continue reading