My favourite series of programmes about Iraq’s history is undoubtedly ‘Making History’. They originally went out on various Iraqi and other satellite TV channels in 2009-2010. I don’t know who made the series but, from my knowledge of Middle Eastern history, I couldn’t have written these episodes better if I’d written them myself. They are entertaining and informative, with interesting guests and fascinating locations around this ancient country. I think what I like particularly about the episodes I include below is the lack of any ‘orientalist’ approach to the subjects: it’s studious, but also pragmatic and pacy. Whoever made them really knew what they were doing!

As I know most people visiting this site won’t be familiar with spoken or written Arabic, I’ve taken the opportunity to add subtitles in English. I hope you enjoy these episodes as much as I have enjoyed them.

Making History Episode 15

Making History Episode 17

Making History Episode 16

Making History Episode 18