Lindsay Holiday tells the story of the early Anglo-Saxons in Britain between 450 and 1066 A.D. The Saxons were originally Germanic tribes who migrated from Saxony and other parts of the European continent and developed the English language -- at least half the words in the language were originally Anglo-Saxon words. She asks and answers … Continue reading Early Anglo-Saxon Kings and Queens of England Were Originally Part of Germanic Tribes
I like to think of my ancestry as Celtic as opposed to Roman and Anglo-Saxon. The Celts, it seemed, were not particularly interested in dominating others, not interested in building empires, but were very soulful -- musicians, poets, religious leaders, faeries, story-tellers. The Celts of the British Isles -- the Scottish, the Irish, the Welsh … Continue reading Who Were the Celts? How Did They Save Britain?
In light of international crises involving Iran, History Today, a monthly magazine based in London, zooms out over centuries and offers readers access to its archived articles on Iranian history. Among them: Return of the Ayatollah: Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became a lightning rod for the mass protests which overthrew the shah of Iran in 1979, … Continue reading Iran’s Dramatic History Shapes Current Events
Traces of Byzantium, the Greco-Roman Eastern Empire that dominated for a thousand years, can still be found in Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as this documentary illustrates. It was overtaken by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantin...//Empire, from 395–1453 A.D. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...Emperors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantin...Architecture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_...Orthodox Church.
A reader sent me a link to a map of the first "Arab Empire" that spanned from Southern France to Northern Africa to the borders of modern-day India and Russia for 300 years, along with a link to a Khan Academy lecture, the Rise of Islamic Empires and States, from 650 to 1450. This was long … Continue reading Never Was One Arab Nation
What if the so-called "Dark Ages" -- the nearly 1000 years from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, through the Middle Ages until the Renaissance -- did not exist? Actually, they didn't. "Dark Ages" is now an old-fashioned Eurocentric term that baby boomers and older millennials might have learned in history classes, … Continue reading ‘Dark Ages’ Weren’t So Dark, With 1001 Inventions
Before the Ottoman Empire (1453-1923), the early Muslim Conquests (622-750) were probably the best chance for Middle Eastern and Muslim unity. They were remarkably successful, capturing enormous territories in less than 150 years. By Mohammad adil at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link Why were the Arab Conquests So Successful? Discussion on Quora.com. … Continue reading Could Muslim Conquests Have Been More Successful?
Most secular historians believe Islam was founded in the early 600s when the prophet Mohammed started to receive divine revelations. Islam has many of the same prophets as Judaism and Christianity -- Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. Some saw it as a reformation of the two earlier religions, a belief that their followers … Continue reading What If Islam Never Existed? Would the Crusades Happen?