Middle Eastern Studies

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This study examines the extent to which separatism in South Sudan led the failure of the state and its institutions and aims to draw lessons from this... more
South Sudan
Led by Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States –except Kuwait and Oman- and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar based on its support of terrorism. Qatar has become... more
Saudi Arabia
Bin Baz
Ben Laden
Donald Trump
It is wrong to assume that Islam is the only determining force behind family structures, gender relations and patriarchal organizations in Middle Eastern and... more
Yasser Harrak
Arzu Merali
The study of Orientalism helps understanding how Westerners perceive the Middle East. In this introductory synopsis, I will answer the following questions:... more
Yasser Harrak
Edward Said
Dona Stewart
Amardeep Singh
Fox News
Press TV
There is an ongoing debate about whether Islam is compatible with democracy. There are two ways to look at this question. The first one is by asking if... more
Yasser Harrak
Islam is often characterized (in the West) as being patriarchal and oppressive to women. Muslim feminist Asma Barlas disagrees with this characterization... more
Yasser Harrak
Asma Barlas
In shaping the Islamist ideology, the past plays the kernel role. Saying this leads us to ask: which past plays such a role? How examplary was this past?  ... more
Yasser Harrak
Mohammed Ayoub
The CRS reports (2008 - 2009) were meant to give a cut-and-dry definition of Wahhabism, Salafism, Sunnism and Shi'ism for members and commitees of Congress.... more
Christopher Blanchard
Karen Armstrong
Yasser Harrak
Colonialism have had a great impact on Muslims, leaders and communities, and on Islam as well. Although the impact of colonialism posed a challenge to Muslims... more
Yasser Harrak
Jonathan Berkey
Sami Zubaida
Sayyid Qutb
Saad Zaghloul
Understanding the Muslim view of the world in comparison with other monotheistic views is key in  understanding Muslim self-perception, the perception of the... more