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Understanding the New Urban Geographies of the Syrian Conflict

ACOR-CAORC Pre-Doctoral Fellow Ali Hamdan, seen here in Amman's Jabal Lweibdeh neighborhood, is studying the political geographies of Syrian exiles in two cities deeply affected by the conflict, Gaziantep in Turkey and Amman in Jordan. Jordan is a rewarding place to be a geographer. To the south and east, deserts host an array of communities …

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Research in Focus: Rewriting the History of the Great Arab Revolt

Australian Military Historian Neil Dearberg in the ACOR Library in 2015. Photo S. Harpending A captain in the Australian army at the beginning of his career, Neil Dearberg has had a long interest in Australia’s military history, particularly the role ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) forces played in supporting the Sinai and Palestine campaigns …

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The Petra Papyri—An Archive from Petra’s Byzantine Past

Aerial view of the Petra Church, excavated by ACOR in the early 1990s, where the famous Petra Papyri were discovered. Photo from ACOR archive. In the early 1990s, a Byzantine church on a hillside above the city center of Petra with beautiful mosaic floors was excavated by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in …

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Jordan and the Administrative Legacy of the Umayyads

The Umayyad desert complex of Qusayra ‘Amra, one of Jordan’s famous “desert castles” (qusur), dated to the eighth century CE. Photo by Tareq Ramdan At the crossroads of numerous, sometimes overlapping and intersecting empires and civilizations, Jordan has become the final resting place for a dizzying array of historical and archaeological treasures. While dotted by …

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