Opinion

Our contributors are experts in Arab societies who provide nuanced opinions on latest regional developments.

What can Libyans learn from the Kurdish Peshmerga?

Since the Syrian Civil War erupted in March 2011, the Peshmerga have been catapulted to the forefront of the world …

Which heritage sites are IS targeting and why?

Aside from the incalculable loss and displacement of human lives, during the course of conflict, another casualty of war is …

What is Wahhabism and why is it in North Africa?

Over the last two decades, a strand of Islam, relatively unknown to many Westerners, had been brought into sharp focus …

North African millennials need better education

In Islamic tradition, the first divine revelation received by our beloved Prophet Mohammed was ‘Read’, and this was repeated three …

Libya and Egypt’s unique relationship

After Egypt and Libya gained independence in the 1950s, the two respective states maintained a mutually cooperative relationship. With regards …

How legitimate is Fayez al-Sarraj’s Libya?

By assuming the office of the Prime Minister on 5th of April 2016, Fayez al-Sarraj faces unprecedented challenges in the …

The “other” ethnic groups in Libya’s conflict

In February 2011, after popular uprisings, a civil revolution broke out between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those …

Sarraj and postcolonialism in Libya

Fayez al-Sarraj and his new UN backed Government of National Accord (GNA) sailed into Tripoli at the end of last month …

Western governments must crack-down on anti-Arab racism

In “the West”, racist slurs targeted at Arab communities are often passed off as free speech or critical enquiry, and …

Here’s how Sarraj can address women’s issues in Libya

With Sarraj’s arrival in Tripoli, it is important to bear in mind that the rate of any nation’s advancement is …

Sarraj: destined to disappoint

Regardless of what’s happening on the ground in Libya and other North African countries today, we must never lose hope …