World History Quiz Part 1: Ottoman empire, war, colonization and more

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

World history is rich, vibrant and enlightening. Part of knowing and understanding the present is taking a look at the past. Fortunately, history provides perspective(s) when viewing today’s world. Will you pass the following world history quiz? Keep in mind that there’s a lot of history to be covered. More history will be covered in the upcoming history quizzes.  

Saudi Arabia on a mission to unfold its archaeological treasures

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the National Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has said that exploration teams are searching for ancient and historical treasures in Saudi Arabia, as part of a huge project that will uncover the diversity of cultural and historical civilizations found in the Arabian Peninsula. As many as 35 joint archaeological missions are bringing together Saudi archaeologists and others from around the world to search for undiscovered historical ...

Immigrant success stories prove we’re still learning from history

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

I attended one of the episodes of the Dr. Oz Show on his personal invitation. It was a successful program conducted by the doctor who is of Turkish origin and has succeeded in a legendary way in the land of Uncle Sam. I studied the success of this “immigrant” amid racial discourse in the United States of America today and (other countries of the world) calling for an end to accepting more migrants and laying out policies to control and prevent their access.The interesting thing now ...

Hussein Shobokshi

IN PICTURES: A look at the historical Saudi Jawatha Mosque

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage restored the historical Jawatha Mosque, where the second Friday prayer in Islam was held, after sand had covered it. Jawatha Mosque in Ahsa, east of Saudi Arabia, has been restored several times as sand continuously covered it. The mosque, which was built in the seventh year of hijra by Bani Abd al-Qays tribe, has interested researchers and Muslims due to its significance as the mosque where the second Friday prayer was held. It has become ...

Al-Jahwa: Saudi city that stands tall after 40 centuries

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The ancient city of al-Jahwa is located on the south of Wadi al-Namas and was known to have been inhabited by the Bani Bakr tribe. The city has been profiled by the prolific author al-Hamadani in his book “The features of the Arabian Peninsula”. It the book, al-Hamadani says Jahwa is larger than the city of Jarash and was the base of a small Sultanate until 320 AH. The remnants of its ancient bases and its huge wall, which was built with large stones, still stand today. Jahwa’s ...

Amr Moussa’s remarks on Abdel Nasser in new memoir sparks Nasserists’ anger

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Former Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa had criticized former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in his recently published memoirs sparking Nasserists’ anger. Moussa narrated his political journey in Egypt and included some details about Abdel Nasser. According to Moussa, Abdel Nasser used to import special food from Switzerland as he was following a diet to decrease his weight. Moussa said that when he worked in the Egyptian Embassy in Switzerland, he was in charge of ...

New archaeological discovery of churches and monasteries in Egypt

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Egyptian archaeological mission of the Ministry of Antiquities unearthed ruins of a residential area, churches and monasteries dating back to the Coptic era 1,500 years ago. Ayman Ashmawi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department at the ministry said that the new discovery was found near the Coptic cemetery in Bahnasa city in Minya governorate. Gamal al-Samtawi, director of the Antiquities of Central Egypt, said that the tombs date to the fifth century AD and contain a group of burial ...

Ancient Egyptian pharaoh might have been world’s ‘first known giant’

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The reported remains of ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Sanakht, were recently examined a study conducted says he might have been the world’s first known giant. A study co-authored Michael Habicht, an Egyptologist at the University of Zurich's Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, estimates that Sanakht would have stood at 6 feet, 1.6 inches tall. The tallest ancient Egyptian pharaoh recorded, who lived more than 1,000 years after Sanakht, was only believed to have stood at 5 feet, 9 inches (1.75 ...

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