Shi’a Iran and Sunni Muslim Brotherhood: Unlikely Alliance No More

The US government’s announcement to designate the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) weeks after it labeled the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards an FTO is raising major geo-political concerns and reinforcing the alliance between the two. It is also playing into the hands of the autocratic regimes of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
Supporters of President Morsi in Cairo in 2013. A member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mr. Morsi was ousted in 2013

Passport

The Titanic: My Grandfather’s Unsinkable Memories

The Titanic: My Grandfather’s Unsinkable Memories

After more than a hundred years, Nada Fayad remembers how her Lebanese grandfather survived the Titanic.
January’s Asian Cup Semi-Final Soccer Match Further Inflamed UAE-Qatar Tensions

January’s Asian Cup Semi-Final Soccer Match Further Inflamed UAE-Qatar Tensions

The ongoing diplomatic and political crisis between Qatar and the UAE, which began in June 2017, overshadowed the UAE-hosted Asian Cup 2019.

Readings of French Colonial Postcards in Morocco

Colonialism was able to spread not only through military power but also the creation and dissemination of biased images of the colonized. French colonial photography in Morocco worked along with military power to subdue the nation and legitimize French power.
Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and How Did ISIS Come to Be

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and How Did ISIS Come to Be?

Washington’s recent announcement that ISIS was defeated in Syria and that it would immediately withdraw thousands of U.S. troops stunned the world and raised concerns about the resurgence of ISIS. To understand how the terrorist organization could be reborn in the future, it is necessary to understand its founder and how it was created.

Culture

Charif Majdalani’s Novel “L’empereur à Pied” an Allegory of Lebanon’s Confessional System

In Charif Majdalani’s novel “L’empereur à pied,” an oath controls a dynasty’s inheritance. The story is an allegory of Lebanon’s dysfunctional confessional system of government, which allocates power on the basis of sectarian identification.

Halima Aden First Hijabi Model in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Somali-American model Halima Aden recently stirred controversy when she appeared fully covered in the swimsuit issue of one of America’s most popular sports magazines.

“Ramy” Conveys the Inner Conflict of One Young Arab-Muslim-American

“Ramy,” a new TV series on Hulu, explores the struggles of an Arab-Muslim American millennial to find meaning and purpose in suburban New Jersey.

Acting Against Racism and Xenophobia in Morocco

The scores of sub-Saharan African immigrants who have settled in Morocco in recent decades have been treated with both hospitality and hostility. One group of activists is trying to use theater to bring their struggles to light and lessen the racism and xenophobia they face.

Opinion

ARABIA THAT WAS

When Bigotry and Intolerance Reigned: The Expulsion of Moriscos from Renaissance Spain

When Bigotry and Intolerance Reigned: The Expulsion of Moriscos from Renaissance Spain

Muslim Moriscos converted to Christianity under duress, faced racial discrimination and systematic marginalization by mainstream Catholic Spaniards in Renaissance Spain. They were eventually exiled from their Iberian homeland, but their legacy remains.

Book Review

Charif Majdalani’s Novel “L’empereur à Pied” an Allegory of Lebanon’s Confessional System

In Charif Majdalani’s novel “L’empereur à pied,” an oath controls a dynasty’s inheritance. The story is an allegory of Lebanon’s dysfunctional confessional system of government, which allocates power on the basis of sectarian identification.

ARABIA THAT IS

Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers Musical Legends Who Shaped Modern Lebanese Identity

Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers: Musical Legends Who Shaped Modern Lebanese Identity

Lebanese musical icons Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers, Assi and Mansour, are credited with revolutionizing modern Arab music. They are also renowned for using their artistic voices to champion social and political causes in Lebanon and the wider Arab world.

IN-DEPTH

Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success

“Moderate” Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success?

As ISIS is cornered in southeastern Syria and the U.S. begins to withdraw from the Kurdish-held northeast, eyes are turning toward a resurgent, al-Qaeda-linked militant faction in the northwest. While that group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, appears to be playing a savvy political game with Turkey, Russia, and Syria, internal conflict may threaten its dominance.

Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business

Attended annually by two to three million people from all over the world, the Hajj ritual is the fifth pillar of Islam required of Muslims who are able physically and financially to perform it at least once in their lifetime.

Tunisia’s Political Crisis: Domestic Power Dynamics Threaten National Stability

Domestic power dynamics in Tunisia threaten to destabilize the country by weakening governance within North Africa’s fledgling democracy. The political crisis in Tunisia that began earlier this year over whether Prime Minister Youssef Chahed should resign has revealed a ...

Iranian Women Dance on Social Media to Resist Government’s Attempts to Stifle Freedoms

When 19-year old Iranian teenager Maedeh Hojabri filmed videos of herself happily dancing in her bedroom to American and Iranian pop music and posted them on Instagram, she didn’t think she would end up in prison. Iranian authorities clamped down and arrested her without...

VOICES

Hoda Muthana The Case that Could Redefine Who Is Undeniably American

Hoda Muthana: The Case that Could Redefine Who Is Undeniably American

Citizenship acquired by birth should be undeniable, regardless of what crimes an individual has committed, unless the citizen is of a minority background, it seems. Hoda Muthana’s case could set a dangerous precedent.

Analysis

Detained in Dubai: Stories of Injustice in the Gulf – II

A British citizen has lived in limbo in the UAE for the last seven years, unable to leave, unable to work. His is one of many stories that should give anyone pause before deciding to work or invest in the Gulf.

The Axis Of Counter-Revolution In The Arab World

Rulers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are acting collectively to conspire against Arab people’s aspirations for democratic governance.

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