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Debating a Kurdish State

14 hours 31 min ago
Old photo of Eastern Kurds, 1898 by Serhun Al, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 12, 2014 [Note: for the Arabic version of this article, click here.] As the Islamic State ...
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Short History of the “Holy” Land

Sat, 16/08/2014 - 6:35am
There is an extraordinary cartoon video on Vimeo that gives the historical background to the current battle in Gaza. Check it out here. And God bless Andy Williams.
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Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 1:00pm
The Egyptian intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 67, made a major contribution to the study of the Qur’an and other important aspects of Islam, for which ...
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Gertrude of Arabia

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 1:13am
[Here is an interesting article on The Daily Beast by Clive Irving on the role of Gertrude Bell in creating modern Iraq…] The story of the British intelligence agent who rigged an election, ...
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Is ISIS here to stay?

Sun, 10/08/2014 - 10:07am
In a recent article just published in the London Review of Books, Patrick Cockburn, a veteran reporter on the Middle East, paints a disturbing picture of the rise and spread of ISIS. He notes ...
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Saving Syria’s Antiquities

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:56pm
The turmoil and ruthless slaughter that is destroying both lives and heritage in Syria has multiple consequences. Beyond the humanitarian crisis, which is huge, there is widespread looting of ...
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On The Moral Hazards of Field Research in Middle East Politics

Wed, 06/08/2014 - 12:57pm
By Sheila Carapico, Middle East Research and Information Project, July 1, 2014 * This memo was prepared as part of the “Ethics and Research in the Middle East” symposium American political ...
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Who will have the last laugh?

Sun, 03/08/2014 - 12:15pm
Turkish women defy deputy PM with laughter Bülent Arinç said women should not laugh in public, prompting backlash and highlighting state of women’s rights in Turkey by Constanze Letsch in ...
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Gaza, and Bibi hath slain…

Fri, 01/08/2014 - 3:31pm
All eyes in the world are on Gaza or at least they should be. The daily deaths and destruction rival the biblical “fire and brimstone” that fell out of the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. ...
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FGM Un-Islamic

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:24pm
Muslim Council of Britain says female genital mutilation is ‘un-Islamic’ Group issues explicit guidance for the first time, condemning practice which it says is no longer linked to ...
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It’s the occupation, stupid…

Sun, 27/07/2014 - 1:06pm
On stupidity and war Israel is a fast learner, but did it learn the most valuable lesson of all? by Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera, July 23, 2014 The war hasn’t ended and already the criticism ...
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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 6:28am
by Yakir Englander, ISLAMiCommentary, JULY 18, 2014 Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, ...
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Haifa’s Answer

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 1:45am
On Youtube there is a fascinating film on co-existence in Haifa. It is well worth watching at this time of intense violence in Gaza.
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A Practical Solution for Iraq

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 8:33pm
[Sinan Antoon channeling Jonathan Swift…] by Sinan Antoon, al-Jadaliyya, July 15, 2014 The rise of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria ...
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On the trail of a shadow: Which ISIS?

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 1:26pm
by MURAT HAZINE, Turkey Agenda, July 9, 2014 The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is a new shadow that appeared while we were trying to differentiate between the “New Middle East” and the ...
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Modernity according to the Islamic State, Boko Haram, the Taliban et al

Sat, 12/07/2014 - 12:16pm
by Hasan Azad, al-Jazeera, July 11, 2014 What do the Islamic State, Boko Haram and the Taliban all have in common? Extremism? Caliphatism? Violence? All these things are merely incidental to ...
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Schisto in Mesopotamia

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 11:54am
Chalcolithic burial at Zeidan; Credit: Gil Stein, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago 6200-year-old parasite egg may be first proof of early human technology spreading disease Cambridge ...
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The Mischief of ISIS

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:38pm
al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul. Hollywood is known for creating absurd scenarios, especially with special effects of explosions and cars flying ...
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On The Moral Hazards of Field Research in Middle East Politics

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 1:49pm
By Sheila Carapico, Middle East Research and Information Project, July 14 * This memo was prepared as part of the “Ethics and Research in the Middle East” symposium American political scientists ...
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Sikh and ye shall find “Siran”

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 1:44pm
Misapprehending Muslims and the Media’s Misinformation by Hasan Azad, Huffington Post. November 17, 2012 My friend Sim is a strapping young man in his 20s. He is fitter than I could ever ...
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