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Is Wahhabism responsible for atheism in the Arab World?

Wahhabism is an Islamic doctrine named after author Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-92) in Najd, Saudi Arabia. Incidentally, ibn Abd al-Wahhab began a reformist movement that sought a return to the purity of the first reading of Islam as practised by the first three generations...

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The double standard of linking criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

Monday 14th May, the US moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests commence in Gaza resulting to disproportionate violence from Israel. Both those killed and those injured enter the double digits. Tuesday 15th May, Palestinians commemorate Nakba. An emergency UN meeting is held...

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My gripe with monarchy

It seems almost conceivable that, in 2018, we still have governments that obtain their power through hereditary decree. Inside and outside the Arab world. Instead of earning their right to rule and enjoy all the benefits and responsibilities associated with this right, rule and...

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How Likud and Hamas have both undermined the Israel-Palestine “peace process”

Recent Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria are a stark reminder of the importance of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and re-stabilisation of the Middle East. Although the issue inevitably arises when discussing peace in the Middle East, extremism, aggression and terrorism remain pervasive...

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How should Arabs feel about Ibn Khaldun, a Medieval Arab evolutionary theorist?

Ibn Khaldun was a 14th century thinker who moved widely around North Africa and Islamic Spain, having been born in Tunis in 1332. His varied career as a student, writer and diplomat took him to the Moroccan cities of Fès and Marrakech, Cordoba, the...

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