Are there any lessons for the West from Middle-Eastern masculinity?

The phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ has become somewhat of a cliche in the Western world. As a go-to catchphrase, it has been used to represent the ostensible harms that traditional and normative masculine behaviour – often derided as ‘patriarchal’ – diffuses into society. A crucial...

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Oman’s unique role in balancing power in the Middle East

*** This article was featured in a paper presented by Shatha Sbeta to Middle East Dialogue in Washington DC *** If the Strait of Hormuz is the door to the Persian Gulf, controlling it means assuming geographic, economic and political power through controlling two-thirds...

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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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