Tag: history

Ancient Egypt: A pyramid scheme that worked

By Khaled Diab Spanning some three millennia of recorded history, Ancient Egyptians built a state to last. What was behind this success and what can we learn from it? Quite a few surprising lessons, in fact. Image: Gaurav D Lathiya,…

Memory lanes: The smell of childhood and lemons in Cologne

By Christian Nielsen Rows and rows of the now iconic 4711 bottles arranged in the display window of Cologne’s famous ‘House of Fragrances’ were a trip down memory lane for Christian Nielsen. Monday 24 June 2019 Winter mornings, the smell…

The unlikely demonisation of Salman Rushdie

By Khaled Diab Salman Rushdie made a very unlikely target for the fury of conservative Muslims, which is why the opportunistic fatwa issued by a Khomeini in serious decline took the novelist and the world by surprise. Thursday 21 February…

Spain’s Pegasus sports car is no myth

By Christian Nielsen To see modern Spain’s flourishing design and innovation landscape today, it is hard to imagine a time when it was anything different. But have you ever heard of the Pegaso (Pegasus) Z-102 sports car? Thursday 6 December…

When Mariette met Mary

By Christian Nielsen The Virgin Mary appeared eight times to a child in Belgium and the rest is ‘alternative history’ Thursday 10 May 2018 On the eve of a quiet Sunday in January 1933, the young Mariette Beco saw the…

Alt-jihad – Part I: Dying to kill

In the first of a series of articles exploring the disturbing parallels between radical Islamic and White/Christian extremism, Khaled Diab examines whether far-right suicide attackers could become a phenomenon.