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31st Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner gathering

with guest speakers Gareth Winrow and Prof Gerald MacLean

July 24, 2019
Wednesday from 6pm
Free lectures, but booking essential on Eventbrite
Dinner tickets from £35

Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LF

Patriot and Liberal Internationalist? The Life of Ahmed Robenson – Gareth Winrow
Ahmed Robenson, the celebrated sportsmen and a pioneer of the scouting movement in the late Ottoman Empire, is a well-known figure among Turkish commentators. However, much of the details of his life are surprisingly unknown, and some of the information that is readily available has been manipulated by official propaganda and has even been deliberately distorted by Ahmed Robenson himself.

Ottoman Aleppo Through British Eyes – Prof Gerald MacLean
Among the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas, with origins dating at least as far back as 5000 BCE, Aleppo is substantially older than Damascus and was, until the devastations of the continuing civil war, the most populous city in Syria. By the opening of the second millennium BCE, Aleppo ‘was already a major market center … when the archives of the Hittites and of those of the kingdom of Mari recorded its name as Halab or Khalappa’. However, the arrival of the Ottomans in 1516 transformed the city from a regional trading centre into a major international entrepôt.

Please note the venue has a strict dress policy, so it is tie and jacket for gentlemen please.

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