Imperial War Museum Q_059193

T E Lawrence, the Arab Revolt and the Middle East Now

Panel discussion

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Sat 18 June 2016

T E Lawrence, the Arab Revolt and the Middle East Now

Panel discussion

Imperial War Museum Q_059193
Sat 18 June 2016,

Are we still living with the implications of the Arab Revolt and the post-World War I settlement? A distinguished panel of historians, archaeologists, political analysts and Middle East specialists look at the Arab Revolt and the present-day Middle East.

The panellists are: Leila Al-Shami, founding member of Tahrir-ICN; Neil Faulkner, co-director the Great Arab Revolt Project in Jordan (2006-2014) and author of Lawrence of Arabia’s War: The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WW1; Eugene Rogan, director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and author of The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920; Avi Shlaim, author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations; and Robin Yassin-Kassab novelist, co-author, with Al-Shami, of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.

This panel has been extended by 10 minutes to allow an additional short presentation. Christopher Frayling talks about how the legend of Lawrence was created by the American journalist Lowell Thomas and shows film extracts from Lowell’s presentations – With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia – which took place after the war and were seen by four million people worldwide (Lawrence hated the show, calling Thomas a vulgar man, but saw it several times).

In association with Salaam Shalom and Shared Spaces Festival.

Photograph: A flag bearer mounted on a camel leading the entry into Akaba during the Arab Revolt. The photograph was taken by T E Lawrence (Imperial War Museum Q59193).

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