Middle East

First Syria, then Lebanon

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Syria’s civil war is tearing Lebanon apart

China: the Middle East’s new power broker

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Could China be the key to peace between Israel and Iran?

We need to talk about Syria

8 June 2013 9:00 am

There can be little doubt that Britain is edging towards intervening in Syria. President Bashar Assad’s bloody ruthlessness seems to…

Back to the Dreyfus Affair

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

Not bad, this life. Now 95, Bernard Lewis, is recognised everywhere as a leading historian of the Middle East.He is…

Malice in the Middle East

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A shocking story of ruthless Anglo-French rivalry

Good companions

16 July 2011 12:00 am

‘Choose your companions’, says an early Arab proverb, ‘thereafter your road.’ In the 1970s, Hugh Leach’s companion on his travels to Northern Yemen was Freya Stark, and she has become his companion again, in this affectionate hommage of photographs and short, scholarly texts.

A foot in both camps

7 August 2010 12:00 am

As a five-year-old in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem in the 1950s, Kai Bird overheard an elderly American heiress offering $1 million to anyone who could solve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The poetry of everyday life

23 June 2010 12:00 am

In an age when it is fashionable to travel with a fridge, Nicholas Jubber’s decision to take an 11th-century epic poem as his travelling companion to Iran and Afghanistan can only be admired.

Crying in the wilderness

12 May 2010 12:00 am

For 30 years Alastair Crooke was ostensibly a British diplomat working in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Columbia and Pakistan.

Almost all against all

17 March 2010 12:00 am

Early one morning in September 1986 three gunmen patrolling Beirut’s scarred Green Line came across what they believed would be easy pickings.

You can go home again

20 May 2009 12:00 am

Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands, by Aatish Taseer

Doomed to despotism

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Khomeini’s Ghost, by Con Coughlin
The Life and Death of the Shah, by Gholam Reza Afkhami

The man for the hour

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks

A poisonous legacy

11 March 2009 12:00 am

A Senseless, Squalid War: Voices from Palestine 1945-1948, by Norman Rose Major Farran’s Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain’s War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948, by David Cesarani

Dark fantasies

18 February 2009 12:00 am

Rhyming Life and Death, by Amos Oz