Gaza, this tormented part of Palestine, land of suffering and resistance, is also a land of long history. This article presents two recent attempts to recover the ancient and medieval history of Gaza: a book by Gerald Butt (Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza, 1995) and an exhibition displayed in 2007 at the Musée d'art et d'histoire in Geneva: Gaza at the Crossroads of Civilizations. Aiming to illustrate the long history of the Gaza region and its daily life over the centuries, the book as well as the exhibition emphasize the status of Gaza as a meeting point at the intersection of crossroads of cultures and civilizations.
Gaza at the Crossroad of Civilisations: Two Contemporary Views
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The historian al-Masudi writes that on state occasions Zubayda “could scarcely walk under the weight of her jewelry and dresses.” She endowed more charitable works for pilgrims to Makkah than any ruler of her era. (Image Source)
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