The problem with charisma in political debate

Throughout history, we have based far too many decisions on who is presenting the options available to us and how those options are being presented to us. Popular media tends to skim over the surface – particularly in the US – and does not mobilise its...

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How learning Arabic can help deconstruct Orientalist attitudes

بدي أهوة عربية وحمص No? How about this: Biddi ahwa arabia wa hummous. Now you can read it but it’s unlikely, if you’re not an Arab, that you can understand it. The word ‘hummous’ may stand out as an English word expropriated from Arabic. You...

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Is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism?

In my various debates, I often come across the position that anti-Zionist movements are intrinsically anti-Semitic in nature. A lot of people ask me to comment on this topic. The justification for this position is that Zionism refers to the re-establishment of Jewish people...

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In defence of Jordan B. Peterson

One of the hardest things about running a website like ours – a postcolonial research centre focused on Arab politics and society – is preventing a dominant liberal narrative from emerging. This is because many academics that take a serious interest in Arab society...

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Why did Saudi vote for the US ahead of Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid?

It’s interesting that Donald Trump has now decided that he is “United as One” with Mexico and Canada for a more convincing World Cup bid. Perhaps his plans for a dividing wall between the US and Mexico have been postponed until after 2026. What’s...

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