Lying between the desert and the Mediterranean, the mountains of Anatolia and the banks of the Euphrates, Aleppo has always been a melting pot of religions, cultures and societies, known first and foremost for being a hub of trading. From the 16th century after its conquest by the Ottoman Empire through to the French Mandate of the early 20th century, Aleppo has been the residence of foreign consuls, and a centre of scholarship and modernization. Tracing several centuries of history, Dr Mansel begs the question, can we consider Aleppo to be a Levantine City?
Dr Mansel, a regular contributor to Cornucopia, is author of the book Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City, which can be purchased from the Cornucopia bookshop. Palmyra 1885 is also essential reading for those interested in the region.