On History

2022

title. The Oracle of Siwa: How a remote oasis in Egypt drew history's most powerful men

published. Middle East Eye

quote. "If its old "Mountain of the Dead" could speak, it would relay dreamlike tales of foreigners who attempted to reach the oasis and failed, and, for those who did succeed, the short-lived nature of their stay."

title. Orientalism, exoticism, deception: The story of the Arabian Nights

published. Middle East Eye

quote. "And while storytelling remains a power connector and a bridge across cultures, the cultural success of Nights in the West can also be understood from the point of view of expanding colonial enterprises, particularly France and the UK during the 19th century."

2021

title. How Tunisia inspired Kandinsky and enabled expressionist art

published. Middle East Eye

quote. "And behind this chromatic liberation, somewhere, is the memory of Tunisia’s shores, its markets, towns and people and the distant drums of a darbuka reverberating in strokes, shapes and gradients, colliding in beauty beyond words and an un-representable truth."

title. From Osiris to Ammut: How Ancient Egyptian death rituals carry a timeless message

published. Middle East Eye

quote. "At first, images of jackals, owls and crocodiles may seem quite removed from the daily occurrence of modern life. Yet, myths speak about timelessness. They speak in a universal language and of values, and once deciphered they possess a self-evident and comforting truth that protects against human fear and suffering. The Book of the Dead reminds us of transience, the consuming and inevitable flow of nature, and that what matters for later is to live well in the present."

title. How Yemen’s Marib became the frontier for Roman expansionism

published. Middle East Eye

quote. "When Aelius Gallus, Roman prefect of Egypt, set his eyes on the land we now identify as Yemen, he imagined glory, triumph and significant career advancement."