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Do authoritarian regimes in the Middle East even care about women?

Do authoritarian regimes in the Middle East even care about women?

It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon when forty-seven Saudi women gathered in the car park of a supermarket in Riyadh. After dismissing their private…

The Grandfather of the Enlightenment was a Muslim

The Grandfather of the Enlightenment was a Muslim

What is the Muslim philosopher Averroes doing in the famous fresco “The School of Athens” of the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael? The painter brought together…

Sailing the Seven Seas: From Myths to Unlikely Friendships

Sailing the Seven Seas: From Myths to Unlikely Friendships

An unlikely friendship between sailors and a sultan, and the powerful role of the sea in Islamic history

Is Tunisia "an Anomaly" in the Arab World's Experience with Democratic Change?

Is Tunisia "an Anomaly" in the Arab World's Experience with Democratic Change?

The Arab Spring was, arguably, the most important revolutionary moment in the Middle East’s modern history. It began in Tunisia with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in…

Seeking The Details That I Fear

Seeking The Details That I Fear

I devote myself to the reading of Iraqi novels. I gain familiarity with the East Karrada district and learn to distinguish it –in my mind's…

Helen Zughaib: When Global Crises Become Compelling Personal Narratives

Helen Zughaib: When Global Crises Become Compelling Personal Narratives

Helen Zughaib, perceives her art as humanitarian, and transforms global crises, like exodus, into aesthetically and ethically compelling personal narratives.

Shaving Practices: the "Halal" & the "Haram"

Shaving Practices: the "Halal" & the "Haram"

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the…

Window Into Tangier

Window Into Tangier

Tangier: the city whose landscape is like a palimpsest of histories, cultures and cosmopolitan identities.

Outlaw: From the Diary of an Arab Millennial

Outlaw: From the Diary of an Arab Millennial

“Who did you vote for?” asked my friend. Our evening had turned political after a few beers (as is the case with most evenings where…