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March 28: The 1915 Siege of Kut in Middle East

Visiting Assistant Professor Jameel Haque to give history forum lecture.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-15-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Visiting Assistant Professor Jameel Haque will discuss “The Siege of Kut, December 1915-April 1916: World War I and the Modern Middle East” on Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union (Room 201) in a spring History Forum lecture.

Haque’s presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

In his presentation, Haque will discuss how, in 1915, after a grueling siege, a British and British Indian army intent on capturing Baghdad was repulsed in a battle under the ancient ruined palace at Ctesiphon. The surrender of that army, 100 years ago in April of 1916, was the largest surrender of British armed soldiers in history.

Haque’s talk explores how the siege, the events that preceded it, and its aftermath helped shape the formation of the Modern Middle East and the Modern World.

This event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History, which is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Those who want more information about the lecture may contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618 or send an email to Cretia Welborn at

The History Forum Lecture Series is an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to learn about the latest historical research from local and regional scholars. The History Forum Lecture is presented twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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