History

Explainer: why the rock art of Murujuga deserves World Heritage status

Australia is relatively unique because here there are still cultural connections between rock art and the people who created it

An Historical Creative Cluster: Bab-i Ali, Istanbul

Known and described as the capital city of Turkish (printed) media

The 13th-century revolution that made modern poetry possible

Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.

A Delicate Weave: folk singers from Western India celebrate diversity in the face of intolerance

Traditions affirm notions of diversity and peaceful co-existence within a precarious yet resilient social fabric

Returning looted artefacts will finally restore heritage to the brilliant cultures that made them

European museums are under mounting pressure to return the irreplaceable artefacts plundered during colonial times

How Al-Farabi drew on Plato to argue for censorship in Islam

The situation in the mighty Abbasid empire in which Al-Farabi lived demanded a delicate balancing of conservatism with radical adaptation.