Alexander the Great was one of a multitude of conquerors, from pharaohs to British generals, who recognised in the city a key to the control of the Middle East.
Maher's Salafi-Jihadism: the History of an Idea draws on research and the author's personal experience to investigate the ideology which drives jihadism.
Its jihadis call for a global caliphate. So why deny religion drives Isis?
Moscow, to western eyes, does not look much like Rome. But if there is any country in the world where the tug of the Roman ideal can be felt, it is Russia.
To insist that Muslims can have as unproblematic a relationship with secular democracy as can, say, their Anglican fellow citizens is unrealistic – not to mention unfair on Muslims themselves.
Those behind the new Labour revolution are beginning to realise that to discard our heritage is also to discard our history.