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Saudi Arabia and press censorship in Pakistan

*** This is an edited article that can be found in its original format on Ayesha Siddiqa’s website *** Was …

The Arab World needs a psychological revolution

This week I decided to travel near the border separating Morocco and Algeria for some primary research for my website …

The dark side of Speakers’ Corner

*** Disclaimer: I am not a perfect Muslim nor do I think that all Salafi-Wahhabis are the same; in this …

Oman’s unique power balancing role

*** This article was featured in a paper presented by Shatha Sbeta to Middle East Dialogue in Washington DC *** …

For Pakistanis used to Saudi Arabia, home is not home any more

*** Note from the editor: this is an edited article that can originally be found at http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/for-pakistanis-used-to-saudi-arabia-home-is-not-a-land-any-more/ *** Background The idea …

Where do Lebanese Christians stand on Hezbollah?

At present, Lebanon remains one of a few safe havens in the Middle East for Christians, who make up an …

Algeria as a case study for Syria

Protests by urban youth disgruntled at corruption and a lack of opportunity; a demographic time-bomb; a repressive secular government in …

Did ISIS “hijack” the Arab Spring?

Across the Middle East, ISIS emerged out of the ashes of failed aspirations. The Arab Spring promised so much and, …

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 …

How should Arabs feel about Ibn Khaldun?

Ibn Khaldun was a 14th century thinker who moved widely around North Africa and Islamic Spain, having been born in …

Morocco’s innovative “plastic bag rule”

As Marrakech hosted the international climate summit, COP22, in November 2016, it felt like something of a watershed moment. World …

Did Arabs “colonise” North Africa?

Colonialism remains a contested concept: there exists no widespread agreement amongst academics upon what it should be properly defined as. …