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This Week in History: October 19 – October 25

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  October 19, 2005: Saddam’s Trial Begins Following the capture of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003, an Iraqi Special Tribunal was set up consisting of five Iraqi judges to try the toppled president, and his aides over charges of committing war

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This Week in History: October 12 – October 18

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid October 13, 1988: Naguib Mahfouz Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature In 1988, Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz became the first Arab writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Shortly after winning the award, Mahfouz was quoted as saying: “The Arab world also won

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Egypt’s Own: Repatriation of Antiquities Proves to be a Mammoth Task

The repatriation of antiquities has been hard, and thousands of smuggled pieces continue to be out of reach  BY Sarah El Shaarawi  In 1815, an Italian strongman-turned-explorer and archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities, Giovanni Belzoni, traveled to Thebes, upper Egypt to extract the Younger Memnon, a more than seven-ton granite statue depicting the head of the young

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The Week in History: 28th September – 4th October

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  October 2, 1187: Siege of Jerusalem After ruling Jerusalem for 88 years, the Crusaders, led by Balian of Ibelin, surrendered the city to General Saladin Al Ayubi, following a siege that extended from September 20 to October 2. Prior to the siege,

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Safeguarding Palestinian History

A new West Bank museum will curate Palestine’s heritage BY Maher Abukhater On top of a hill not far from the West Bank City of Ramallah, where on a clear sunny day one can see the Mediterranean, sits a curiously shaped building. The $28 million stone and glass terrace-shaped structure is the new Palestinian Museum, which

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