This page contains a few selected essays (particularly What It’s Like To Know Arabic), and a few videos (episodes of History in the Making).

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History in the Making

My favourite series of programmes about Iraq’s history is undoubtedly ‘Making History’. They originally went out on various Iraqi and other satellite TV channels in 2009-2010. I don’t know who made the series but, from my knowledge of Middle Eastern history, I couldn’t have written these episodes better if I’d written them myself. They are entertaining and informative, with interesting guests and fascinating locations around this ancient country. I think what I like particularly about the episodes I include below is the lack of any ‘orientalist’ approach to the subjects: it’s studious, but also pragmatic and pacy. Whoever made them really knew what they were doing!

As I know most people visiting this site won’t be familiar with spoken or written Arabic, I’ve taken the opportunity to add subtitles in English. I hope you enjoy these episodes as much as I have enjoyed them.

History in the Making Episode 15

History in the Making Episode 17

History in the Making Episode 16

History in the Making Episode 18