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Historical Photos

Mark Sykes

Was a British officer, diplomat and politician, best remembered for the infamous Sykes-Picot Agreement, which divided the southern provinces of the Ottoman Empire into British and French spheres of interest. Sykes actually knew the region quite well. He had travelled extensively in the Ottoman lands and was particularly interested in the Kurds. His list of Kurdish tribes was long regarded as the standard work in the field.

Mark Sykes (1904), "Dar-ul-Islam"


Sykes travel report "Dar-Ul-Islam. A record of a journey through ten of the Asiatic provinces of Turkey" (London, 1904) contains some stunning photos of the scenery and people he encountered.

Slide show of Sykes' pictures. Click to enlarge