• Travel writing

      Hammaming in the Sham

      A Journey Through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond

      by Richard Boggs

      Legend has it that Damascus once had 365 hammams or 'Turkish baths': one for each day of the year. Originally part of an ancient Roman tradition, hammams were absorbed by Islam to such an extent that many became almost annexes to nearby mosques. For centu

    • December 2012

      Becoming Plural

      A Tale of Two Sudans

      by Richard Boggs

      In July 2011, Sudan officially ‘became plural’, as the country split in two; the unofficial north–south divide between the Arab-dominated north and the more ethnically African south was formalised, after the people of Southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly t

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