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Why a Jewish leader is standing for Tunisia’s Muslim party

A Tunisian Jew, Simon Salama, has been selected as candidate for Tunisia’s leading Muslim party in the municipal elections in …

Are North Africans really “Arabs”?

1. Background In August 2017, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi confirmed that his government would be pushing ahead with new …

Morocco, Algeria and the Western Sahara

The Western Sahara remains a disputed territory and the host of one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. The region, …

Can Tunisia be considered an example of Arab Spring success?

January 2018 saw the eruption of protests, demonstrations and violent clashes with police in cities and towns across Tunisia. A …

Algeria after Bouteflika: what to expect

The president of Algeria, in office since 1999, turns 81 this March. After such a period and at such an …

How Morocco is helping counter terrorism in Europe

Moroccan intelligence services are playing a central role in Europe’s efforts to counter ISIS terrorism. Despite a sharp increase in the number …

Chinese tourism in the MENA region

In 2017, the Middle East alone received 58 million tourists, with North Africa enjoying a 13% increase in international arrivals. …

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 …

Fatima al-Fihri: a medieval Arab feminist

This is an edited and refined version of Rita Atiah’s original article, which can be found here *** The hallway is …

Arabs and Jews: examples of shared cultural practices

Finding similarities in cultural practices is an important tool through which we can improve our understandings on the origins of …

Is “Islamic feminism” a solution for the Arab world?

According to gender statistics, Arab women are amongst the most disadvantaged socially, politically, and economically. Arab states continue to have …

Who cares if the Middle-East is incompatible with democracy?

This article is a response to an article by Osama Filali Naji claiming that democracy is compatible with the Middle …