The cursed stone city of Saudi Arabia; the largest brick arch in the world; why Lebanon’s prime minister is always Christian, its president always Sunni Muslim, and its speaker Shi’a Muslim; and the strange force of the number 40 in Abrahamic religions.
According to the Quran, Hegra – the stone city of the Nabataean Kingdom – was cursed because of how it treated a pregnant camel.
The brick archway of Tāq Kasrā in modern Iraq is the largest in the world, and has stood for more than a thousand years.
According to a National Pact, the three most important political positions in Lebanon must be filled by a Sunni Muslim, a Shi’a Muslim, and a Christian.
Forty days and nights, forty winks, forty years wandering the wilderness… why are the religions of the Middle East obsessed with the number 40?
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