The latest history stories from The National

How slaves came to rule a medieval Middle Eastern empire
Book delves into the world of the Mamluks, the freed slaves who defended the region from invading Mongols
October 01, 2023, 3:13 AM
Sword of Indian ruler and rare rugs from Islamic world on show at Christie’s Dubai
Exhibition also features pottery and carpets dating back to the 9th century
Art & Design
September 26, 2023, 11:46 AM
Ancient Mayan grave found in Mexico as tourist rail project advances
The finding is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old
Arts & Culture
September 26, 2023, 6:14 AM
Bahrain's head of antiquities on why making the World Heritage List is just the start
Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa outlines some of the hot topics discussed, including climate change, conflict and sustainable development
Arts & Culture
September 22, 2023, 3:06 AM
Egypt reopens oldest Ottoman mosque after five-year restoration
The work was carried out by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and cost about $161,000
September 17, 2023, 7:40 PM
At the foot of ancient power: The Grateful Dead's 1978 Egypt shows revisited
Playing at the Great Pyramids 45 years ago was the ultimate experiment for the legendary American band
September 15, 2023, 6:00 PM
AlUla World Archaeology Summit: Experts unearth the challenges of cultural bias
The inaugural event is digging deep into the issues facing contemporary researchers
Arts & Culture
September 15, 2023, 8:18 AM
How shadow puppets helped convert Indonesia to Islam
Traditional theatre may have played a role in positioning the Asian destination as the world’s most populous Muslim nation
September 14, 2023, 7:02 AM
A guide to all the Mena sites nominated for the Unesco World Heritage List 2023
From the Empty Quarter to Ancient Jericho, there are many striking places and landmarks under consideration from the region
Arts & Culture
September 13, 2023, 3:05 AM
Unesco removes Uganda’s Tombs of the Kings of Buganda from World Heritage in Danger List
The site was placed on the Unesco list following a devastating fire in 2010
September 12, 2023, 7:21 PM
'Exceptional' Neolithic discoveries in AlUla are among region's oldest pilgrimage sites
Two projects in north-west Saudi Arabia have shed light on the Gulf's rich cultural heritage
Arts & Culture
September 11, 2023, 12:01 PM
NYU Abu Dhabi's new season of academic talks draws inspiration from the past
Free programme includes diverse range of speakers from fields of history, heritage and archaeology
Arts & Culture
September 10, 2023, 3:02 AM
Israel unveils 1,900-year-old Roman weapons found in desert cave
Swords and javelin believed to have been used in second century Bar Kokhba revolt
September 07, 2023, 7:10 AM
Demolitions at Cairo’s Al Qarafa cemetery come with high human and cultural cost
Despite a public outcry and political action, demolitions of some of Cairo's oldest tombs are still under way
September 03, 2023, 9:39 AM
How the descendants of India's royal bone carvers still create art from death
Jalaluddeen Akhtar is among a dying breed of artisans, whose ancestors created beautiful artworks for royals
Art & Design
August 29, 2023, 3:03 AM
Neolithic village discovered in France is 'last piece of jigsaw'
The first discovery at the site was made 150 years ago and research has been in progress ever since
Arts & Culture
August 28, 2023, 6:04 AM
Dubai exhibition celebrates 50 years of Emirati art
Al Safa Art and Design Library’s latest show reflects the journey of UAE's disparate artistic voices
Art & Design
August 26, 2023, 3:02 AM
Working Wonders: Curator and tour guide brings Dubai's QE2 history back to life
From cataloguing historical artefacts to reuniting old crew mates, no two days are the same on the world-famous vessel
August 24, 2023, 3:00 AM
Discovering Bengaluru's rich cultural tapestry through its public statues
A research project has charted the stories of 700 monuments across the city
Arts & Culture
August 22, 2023, 3:02 AM
Mosul archaeology project uncovers 'spectacular' Assyrian relics
Ongoing efforts to excavate Nineveh has led to the discovery of 2,700-year-old reliefs of unprecedented preservation
Arts & Culture
August 21, 2023, 3:06 AM