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Chinese Muslims in the Era of Belt and Road

by Yuting Wang

It is estimated that there are twenty million Muslims living within the borders of the People’s Republic of China. The two largest subgroups are the Chinese-speaking Muslims, known as the Hui people, and the Turkic-speaking Muslims, or the Uyghurs. In the post 9/11 era, widespread Islamophobia and China’s growing economic influence in Muslim-majority regions have drawn both […]

April 3rd, 2019|Featured, GCC, UAE|0 Comments|
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    Nordic Cooperation: A Model for a Reformed Gulf Cooperation Council?

Nordic Cooperation: A Model for a Reformed Gulf Cooperation Council?

by Nima Khorrami

As the Saudi-led blockade of Doha continues to define political life within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), it is safe to assume that there will not be business-as-usual once the two sides resume their relations. Given the increasing mistrust between the member states as well as the leadership transitions in Kuwait and Oman, both of which have […]

March 28th, 2019|GCC|0 Comments|
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    Saudi Women: Legal Strictures Justified Under the Guise of ‘Family Values’

Saudi Women: Legal Strictures Justified Under the Guise of ‘Family Values’

by Eman Alhussein and Sara Almohamadi

In most societies, the boundary that separates the public from the private sphere is not fixed, but in the Saudi context, the line is even more permeable. Women’s legal standing in Saudi Arabia is the most obvious example of the state’s deep interference in the private sphere. Despite its attempt to dial down on moral policing, […]

March 1st, 2019|GCC|0 Comments|
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    Khashoggi and Ben Barka: Victims of Rogue Leaders or Rogue Systems?

Khashoggi and Ben Barka: Victims of Rogue Leaders or Rogue Systems?

by Nael Shama

The tragic death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was an eye-opener, directing the world’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s inner dynamics and regional policies. Yet, in assuming that Khashoggi’s ominous fate was caused by a power-hungry, wayward and rogue prince, this attention has failed to see that what happened in Istanbul was but a microcosm of an entire […]

February 13th, 2019|Featured, GCC, North Africa|0 Comments|
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    Icons of the Nation: The Military Factor in the UAE’s Nation-Building

Icons of the Nation: The Military Factor in the UAE’s Nation-Building

by Eleonora Ardemagni

In the ongoing process of Emirati nation-building, the military has a salient role: in the eyes of government officials it contributes to shaping a cohesive and recognisable national identity, also differentiating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the neighbouring monarchies. In official discourse, Emirati soldiers embody the sacrifice, sense of belonging and patriotism, that render them ‘heroes’ […]

February 1st, 2019|GCC, Yemen|1 Comment|

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