A History of the South Arabian Kingdoms of Ancient Yemen

Rock Palace, Yemen / Photo by Rod Waddington, Wikimedia Commons Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 11.16.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The ancient history of Yemen (South Arabia) is especially important because Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East. Its relatively fertile land and adequate rainfall[…]

The Significance and Meaning of Street Art in the Middle East

A massive mural of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump engaged in a passionate kiss was unveiled Sunday morning, October 29, 2017, painted on the West Bank security barrier near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma Street art is a contemporary culture that is ever-growing and transitioning in significance and meaning.[…]

The Nabataeans of Ancient Arabia

  A group of tombs at Mada’in Saleh in present-day Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Nehmé.) The Nabataeans of ancient Arabia were the middlemen in the long distance trade between the ancient Mediterranean and South Arabia.  By James Wiener / 09.20.2016 Communications Director Ancient History Encyclopedia Known the world over for their hauntingly beautiful cities of Petra and Mada’in[…]

The History of Pre-Islamic Arabia

Temple of Bel complex in the background and the agora on left center in Palmyra, Syria / Photo by Bernard Gagnon, Wikimedia Commons Nomadic Bedouin tribes dominated the Arabian Peninsula since around 3000 BCE. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The Nomadic Tribes of Arabia The nomadic pastoralist Bedouin tribes inhabited the[…]