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Unwitting Ambassadors

Recently, while attending a conference in New York focused on art and social change, an Egyptian artist remarked: “We have …

The Arabic Slur

Arabs pride themselves on a language that has not changed all that much in 1,400 years. It remains tethered to …

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 …

Ve

Ve Providing an illusion of unity: what Turkish use of the common-or-garden conjunction ‘and’ tells us about Turkey. Ve [Veh] …

The Clerics vs. Modernity

Militarizing the Cultural Arena In a speech in 2003 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that “More than Iran’s enemies need artillery, …

An Unlikely Intervention

This article does not in any sense recommend military intervention in Syria. But it is essential that hypothetical options are …

Reading Syria

1. Malik Mufti, Sovereign Creations: Pan-Arabism and Political Order in Syria and Iraq (Cornell University Press, 1996) Mufti provides one …

Under the Skin of Hamas

In this new book, Italian journalist and historian Paola Caridi sets herself an ambitious goal. She seeks to get under …