Tagged with Ottoman history

Misreading the Middle East

Journalists and politicians often talk nonsense on the Middle East. I shouted at a newspaper article by Howard Jacobson who claimed the Jews have been persecuted by Christians for 2,000 years, and recently an MP stated that shiites and sunni Moslems had been fighting each other for over 3,000 years. After the wonderful book by … Continue reading

The First Consuls

This is from Charles Glass’s ‘Tribes with Flags’: “The consular tradition in Aleppo, and the world, began in 1517, when the Ottoman sultan Selim I granted Venice, and then England and France, the right to maintain diplomats in Aleppo. On the silk Route between China and the Mediterranean, Aleppo had resdent merchants from al over … Continue reading