This Week in Middle East History – May 27th, 2012

Mehmed III, Ottoman sultan from 1595 – 1603

In case you’re interested in history, which you should be – Wikipedia will be the general source, which is just fine and factually accurate (duh)

Births – Mehmed III – Ottoman Emperor most famous for killing his nineteen brothers and sisters, and also for participating in the pivotal Austro-Ottoman War that brought the Ottomans closer to European domination.

Events – Orlov Revolt (1770) – The first Greek uprising against Ottoman control occurred, a precursor to the later Greek War of Independence.

Oil Strike at Masjed Soleyman (1917) –  William Knox D’Arcy became the first European to drill for oil in the Middle East, ushering a century where oil would be the prime economic commodity in the region.

Battle of Avarayr (451 AD)  – The Armenians were defeated by the larger Persian (Sassanid) Empire, but were allowed to retain their religious freedom.  This proclamation allowed for Armenia to develop a vibrant Christian culture over the centuries.

Operation Solomon (1991) – The Israeli government supervised a massive, surprise airlift of Ethiopian Jews out of their home country in the wake of political upheaval in Ethiopia.

2 thoughts on “This Week in Middle East History – May 27th, 2012

  1. Great new book about Operation Solomon called “Last Journey of the Ark” is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Book is action adventure meticulously researched and tells how the Ark of the Covenant could have been returned to Israel during this operation (May 24 and 25 1991)

  2. Awesome. I’m glad there is a book about this overlooked and incredibly interesting subject. Israel did the same thing in ‘rescuing’ Jews in other countries like Yemen and Sudan as well

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