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    Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

by Jessica Watkins

Sectarian violence is decreasing across the Middle East, if largely due to mass displacement and harsh settlements imposed in states emerging from conflict. Alongside this decrease, an aggressive strain of transnational sectarian politics which has gripped the region for the past few decades is abating, at least for now. But while in principle, this lull creates a […]

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    Netanyahu’s Oman Talks Shed New Light on Israel’s Ties with the Gulf

Netanyahu’s Oman Talks Shed New Light on Israel’s Ties with the Gulf

by Ian Black

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman for talks with Sultan Qaboos has shed new light on Israel’s largely clandestine links with Arab states, especially in the Gulf. The most striking thing about the trip is that it was the first by an Israeli prime minister to any Arab state (other than Jordan or Egypt, with which Israel has long […]

Japanese Anime Nostalgia on Syrian Social Media

by Omar Al-Ghazzi

It is not often that academic research allows for the critical examination of one’s own childhood memories. However, in an article I recently published, I did just that! I explored renewed public engagement with cartoons I watched as a child. The article, ‘Grendizer Leaves for Sweden: Japanese Anime Nostalgia on Syrian Social Media’, was published in the […]

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    Rifts over Control of the Hashd al-Shaabi: Implications for Government Formation

Rifts over Control of the Hashd al-Shaabi: Implications for Government Formation

by Hayder al-Khafaji

The ongoing negotiations to form the next Iraq government have included fierce debate over competing efforts to control the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). During the course of the war against Da’esh (the Islamic State or ISIS), the differences and disagreements between the PMF (itself composed of disparate and often antagonistic paramilitary groups) and the Iraqi government led […]

Challenging Stereotypes: The Muslim Woman as Superhero

by Jennifer Jackson-Preece & Manmit Bhambra

Can superheroes tell us something important about changing attitudes towards young Muslim women?

For decades, ‘those heroes were almost always white, always male, because that’s how it was’. But recently, ‘there has been an explosion of diversity’ in the superhero universe. Global comic brands like Marvel and DC have begun to ‘integrate and prominently feature […]

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