Digital Archive Opinion 

Arabs and Jews: Examples of shared cultural practices

Finding similarities in cultural practices is an important tool through which we can improve our understandings on the origins of both Arab and Jewish traditions. Musical practices Music and musicology professors Margaret Kartomi & Andrew D. McCredie consider the historical ‘Southern Asian-Jewish and the Northern Asian-Jewish Routes’ of the eighteenth to twentieth century colonial period, wherein ‘particular Jewish groups transplanted... Read More
Advocacy Opinion 

3 ways to improve your Palestine activism, through the eyes of a Palestinian

Introduction For many individuals, groups, and organisations, the Palestinian struggle has become an opportunity to claim fame, spread ideologies, and fight for one’s own understanding of the Palestinian struggle. When there is an event or a protest, we wear our Kuffiyas, put on our best shirt that reflects our connection with Palestine, and we chant. We gather in public squares... Read More
Opinion 

Is “Islamic feminism” a solution for the Arab world?

According to gender statistics, Arab women are amongst the most disadvantaged socially, politically, and economically. Arab states continue to have one of the lowest rates of women’s political representation at 17.4% (IPU 2017), which indicates that Arab women are under-represented in governance and decision-making positions. The issue of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is largely... Read More
Opinion 

What is the relationship between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Daesh?

Recent news Last month, Saudi Arabia severed ties with Qatar over its role in ‘supporting terrorism’ throughout the region. Tensions had risen following an incident where the Qatari state-run news agency published a story which falsely attributed comments which expressed support for Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Qatari government... Read More