Lebanese Republic #115 (1930)

Lebanon (لبنان‎‎ — Lubnān in Arabic or Liban in French), officially known as the Lebanese Republic (الجمهورية اللبنانية‎‎ — al-Jumhūrīyah al-Lubnānīyah or République libanaise), is a sovereign state in Western Asia between latitudes 33° and 35° N and longitudes 35° and 37° E. Its land straddles the “northwest of the Arabian plate” and is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to … Continue reading Lebanese Republic #115 (1930)

Sharjah - World Jamboree (1967)

Sharjah & Dependencies – 12th World Scout Jamboree (1968)

The Emirate of Sharjah (إمارة الشارقةّ — Imārat al-Shāriqa) is the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and is the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The emirate covers 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometers) which is equivalent to 3.3 per cent of the UAE’s total area, excluding the islands. It has a population of over … Continue reading Sharjah & Dependencies – 12th World Scout Jamboree (1968)

Israel #182 (1960)

Israel #182 (1960)

The State of Israel (מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ — Medīnat Yisrā’el in Hebrew and دَوْلَة إِسْرَائِيل‎‎ — Dawlat Isrāʼīl in Arabic), is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza … Continue reading Israel #182 (1960)

Iraq #O75 (1934)

Iraq #O75 (1934)

The Republic of Iraq (جمهورية العـراق‎‎ — Jumhūrīyyat al-‘Irāq in Arabic and كۆماريى عێراق‎ — Komari Eraq in Kurdish) is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west. The capital, and largest city, is Baghdad. The main ethnic groups are Arabs and … Continue reading Iraq #O75 (1934)

Iran #2133 (1983)

Iran #2133 (1983)

The Islamic Republic of Iran (جمهوری اسلامی ایران — Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān), also known as Persiais a sovereign state in Western Asia. It is bordered to the northwest by Armenia, the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and Azerbaijan; to the north by the Caspian Sea; to the northeast by Turkmenistan; to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan; to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf … Continue reading Iran #2133 (1983)

Bahrain #347 (1989)

Bahrain #347 (1989)

In Arabic, al-Bahrayn (البحرين) means “the two seas”, although which two seas were originally intended remains in dispute.  The entire coastal strip of Eastern Arabia stretching from Basra n Iraq to the Strait of Hormuz in Oman was known as “Bahrain” for a millennium until the Middle Ages. Today, Bahrain’s “two seas” are generally taken to be the bay east and west of the island, the … Continue reading Bahrain #347 (1989)

Alexandretta #7 (1938)

Alexandretta #7 (1938)

A political territory in Syria bordering the Mediterranean sea, Alexandretta was founded in 333 BC by Alexander the Great as the key to the Syrian Gates (Belen Pass) and was originally located about 23 miles (37 km) south of the scene of his victory at the Battle of Issus.  Alexander camped in the highlands around Esentepe and then ordered the city to be established and … Continue reading Alexandretta #7 (1938)