Music in the Syrian Civil War

by Agah Hazir

Music has always been an important tool in mobilising the masses, particularly during times of war, with the Syrian conflict no exception. This piece looks at the musical propaganda of three of the Syrian Civil War’s major non-state actors, namely the Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat‎ (‘Democratic Union Party’, usually referred to by its Kurdish acronym, PYD), Hezbollah, and […]

September 4th, 2019|Syria|0 Comments|

Female Radicalisation: Why do Women join ISIS?

by Gulfer Ulas

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has managed to position itself as the greatest global terrorist threat of recent years. The Salafi-jihadist organisation, which draws upon fundamentalist interpretations of Sunni Islam, has gained global notoriety through its exceptionally violent brand of terrorism. ISIS has long been tried to expand its sphere of influence in the […]

August 15th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|0 Comments|

Why Ethnography is Important for Refugee-related Research

by Sarah A Tobin

In 2002, Michel Agier described his experience conducting research in the Dadaab refugee camp. He described how he entered the camp as a “humanitarian envoy”, with the help of Doctors Without Borders. The local police initially showed Agier around, but a refugee who was a local NGO employee and a translator, escorted him during most of […]

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    Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

by Umut Ozkaleli

Refugees go through various journeys; some leave the home country with their whole family while others leave by themselves. Some find financial and educational opportunities in the host community while others have very little access to resources that satisfy their basic needs. The growing literature on refugee resilience requires close analysis of the different positionalities that refugees […]

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    Between Vulnerability and Resilience – ‘Refugeeness’ as Political Subjectivity

Between Vulnerability and Resilience – ‘Refugeeness’ as Political Subjectivity

by Jouni Häkli and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Due to protracted conflict in Syria, 6.2 million people have been internally displaced and over 5.6 million people have sought refuge abroad. The overwhelming majority of these forcibly displaced people live outside camps, in countries neighbouring Syria, where the dominant discourse about asylum seekers and refugees emphasises their social and economic forms of self-reliance. […]

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