23 July 2007

Professor's Classroom

Good morning class! It is monday and we know what that means, HA! The last couple of quizzes have been a little too easy, so after much mental masturbation, today's question is this:

This person worked for the Arab Bureau in Cairo during WWI. At the conclusion of the war, this person set about drawing the boundries of what would become Iraq. And in 1917 became commander ot the Order of the British Empire. Who is this person?

This is not as easy as it appears, unless of course you are familiar with Middle East history. Good luck, class.


Meme said...

no answer yet for you Professor, the only thing I can think of to say is "Oh boy - I hope my mom packed me a good sized lunch!" LOL working... did I tell you yet that history is not my strong suit and ME is even worse? I did? Hmmm. :-)

CHUQ said...

meme--history WILL BE your strong suit, if you stick with me. lol Take your time. A hint Arab Bureau

CHUQ said...

Sorry Meme time is up! Pencils down. And the answewr is:

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (July 14, 1868 – July 12, 1926) was a British writer, traveller, political analyst, administrator in Arabia, and an archaeologist who found Mesopotamian ruins. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1917.

Bell and T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) are recognized as almost wholly responsible for creating the Hashimite dynasty in Jordan and the modern state of Iraq. During her life, she was an unrecognised force behind the success of the Arab revolt in World War I. At the conclusion of the war, she drew up borders within Mesopotamia to include the three Ottoman Empire vilayets that later became Iraq.

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