Is this a portrait of Fatima al-Fihri?

The featured image is an orientalist depiction of a woman painted by Jan Frans Portaels in 1877. As you may be aware, Arab Millennial recently published a piece on Fatima al-Fihri, the...

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Can “confirmation bias” ever be beneficial?

What is confirmation bias? Confirmation bias is a tendency for individuals pursuing research or debate to (consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously) select evidence and research that promotes their initial arguments and inclinations. In...

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3 (slightly better) alternatives to the CIA World Factbook

When we source data, we should ask ourselves the following questions: How credible is the information provided? What is the context of the organisation/individual providing the information? Why is this information being...

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