The Grand Al-Asha’ir Mosque built by Abu Musa al-Asha'iri in Zabīd - Yemen
Zabid is one of Yemen's famous historical cities with a unique architectural style and urban cultural heritage that led to its being classified as part of the international community heritage by UNESCO. According to historical sources, Zabid had answered the call of Islam conveyed by Abu Mousa Al Ash'ari and his companions, by the beginning of the eighth year of the Hijra.
The city was called Zabid after the valley which carried the name of the Zabid tribe who used to live in the plains of Tihama. It is situated 30km away from the Red Sea and 100 km south of the city ...
Zabid's domestic and military architecture and its urban plan make it an outstanding archaeological a...
90 km west of Sana’a in the Harraz Mountains lies Manakha, about 2200 meters above sea level. Manakha...
Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.
The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.
Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!
When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.
Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.
Text by Steve Smith.