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From Marvel to Reality

As readers, we tend to prefer the subjects we can identify with. In comic books, for example, Peter Parker—whose alter …

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria

In Syria, Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups have gradually emerged as one of the main threats to the survival of the …

Razeq and the Caliph

For 1,300 years, the caliphate was the dominant political system in the Arab Islamic world. It was embedded in the …

Meeting Halfway

One of the initial reactions of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Gezi Park protests was to portray …

Ankara’s Creationists

In mid-June, the Turkish state body responsible for promoting science and scientific research, TÜBİTAK, told a group of top scientists …

Polish Up Your Act

Hamra was thronging with early drinkers and late-night shoppers on a humid evening in June. Beirut’s quirkiest district, beloved of …

Refusing the Politics of Piety

In 2012, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi went from being Sudan’s most celebrated poet to a political refugee. His poetry anthologies Songs of …