ANALYSING THE MASHREQ

Iran's Crown Prince Abbas Mirza, c.1820. (Photo: Getty)

Muslim Majority World Did Liberalise Indeed

I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called The Islamic Enlightenment. The really helpful wags say they expect something along the lines of The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro Agnew, which was billed as a collection of all the memorable aphorisms of the former US vice-president, and contained only blank pages. So, the Islamic Enlightenment — good for a laugh. But we’re all familiar with the serious argument that lies behind the jests; that Islam has not been through an Enlightenment, a Reformation, or any of the other rites of…
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LEVANT & MESOPOTAMIA

Iraqi Prime Minister Al-‘Abadi in Washington – Some Realities

Iraqi Prime Minister Al-‘Abadi in Washington – Some Realities

While the current media coverage of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shifted to the fighting in Syria, the major battle continues to be the Iraqi campaign to defeat the Islamist group in the city of Mosul. The Iraqi security forces – Army, Air Force, police, and special operations units, as well as several Iranian-backed Shi’a militias – have generally acquitted themselves well in the fighting. We all remember the Iraqi Army’s dismal performance against ISIS in June 2014, when the Army collapsed as the group stormed into northern Iraq from Syria and began…
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NORTH AFRICA

Migrant Slave Trade Is Booming in Libya

Migrant Slave Trade Is Booming in Libya

It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re the victims of a silent massacre in the Sahara desert – a journey more deadly than the crossing from the coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

ARABIAN PENINSULA

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrives at the airport for a state visit to China in Beijing, capital of China, March 15, 2017.Xinhua SIPA USA / PA Images

Spreading the Gospel: Asian Leaders Wary of Saudi Religious Diplomacy

Critics in the Maldives likely sighed relief when Saudi King Salman this week postponed his visit because of an outbreak of flu. The flu is however unlikely to halt a planned massive Saudi investment or the impact on Maldives society of the kingdom’s religion-driven public diplomacy. Big ticket investments and countering political violence dominated the headlines of the king’s tour of Asia together with the extravagance of his travel – an entourage of at least 1,000, 459 tonnes of luggage, a golden electric elevator for the monarch to descend from his private plane, and a specially built toilet for his visit to a Jakarta…
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TURKEY & IRAN

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Iran emboldened – Op-Ed

Emboldened by the misconceived policies of ex-US President Obama, Iran has become positively confrontational under President Donald Trump. Iran and the US always backed different sides of the wars in Syria and Yemen, but now they stand ideologically opposed on most issues involving the region. Early in February Iran tested a ballistic missile, claiming that to do so was not in contravention of its nuclear deal, but the new US ambassador to the United Nations called the test “unacceptable”. Washington put the Islamic Republic “on notice” and imposed sanctions on more than two dozen individuals and companies involved in procuring ballistic…
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INTERCULTRAL

It was once the largest and wealthiest city in Europe, and a series of stunning postcard images now reveals what life was like on its streets. The ancient architecture of Constantinople, in Turkey, is shown in the pictures, taken in the last years before the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and carefully restored to add colour.

Final Days of Ottoman Empire’s Istanbul in Coloured Pictures

It was once the largest and wealthiest city in Europe, and a series of stunning postcard images now reveals what life was like on its streets. The ancient architecture of Constantinople, in Turkey, is shown in the pictures, taken in the last years before the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and carefully restored to add colour. Constantinople, before it was renamed Istanbul in 1930, was the Turkish capital and a crucial international trade route, integral to the empire. 

ORIENT-OCCIDENT RELATIONS

Equality - liberty and human rights MPC Journal

Freedom and Equality in Unequal World

What is the greatest difference between the cold-war order and the 21st-century global order? A cold war joke offers a good hint. An East German school teacher asks little Fritz: “Fritzchen, why are you always speaking of our Soviet brothers? It’s ‘Soviet friends’.” Fritz responds: “Well, you can pick your friends.” Back then, they had no freedom to choose, but still enjoyed a form of stability through comradeship or alliances in a bipolar balance of power. Now, we can make choices, but these choices do not guarantee any degree of strategic stability. Globalisation has injected a sense of fluidity, uncertainty,…
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Monthly Issues

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - TABLE OF CONTENTS THE ENIGMA OF ARAB-ISRAELI PEACE 158 By Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi MEN’S HAIR IN THE BATTLE OVER LEGITIMACY OF POLITICAL ISLAM 167 By James M. Dorsey ORLANDO SHOOTING: IS IT ISLAM OR WESTERN HOMOPHOBIA? 170 By Iris Bendtsen FRANCE’S MIDDLE EAST PEACE INITIATIVE AND THE HAMAS CONUNDRUM 174 By Neville Teller ISLAM AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT 177 By Neil Davidson THE QUANDARY OF TURKEY’S EU BID 185 By Hakim Khatib & Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal – May 2016 - Volume 01, Issue 05 - THE GROWING BREACH IN MUSLIM UNITY: CAUSES & EFFECTS 124 By Hakim Khatib & Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi IRAQ: MUQTADA AL-SADR FLEXES HIS POLITICAL MUSCLES 132 By Rick Francona TERRORISM: THEN AND NOW 134 By Conn M. Hallinan EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: GRAPPLE WITH COMPLEXITY WE MUST 137 By Richard Black OMAN IN DIVIDED REGION 140 By Fadi Elhusseini THE JIHADIST CIVIL WAR 143 By Neville Teller WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARAB AUTOCRATS LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES? 146 By James M. Dorsey TRUMP’S DOCTRINE POSES THREAT TO HUMAN SPECIES 149 By Hakim Khatib & Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi GLOBALISATION BETWEEN HOPE AND THREAT TO DEMOCRACY 153 By Burhan Ghalioun SOCIAL MEDIA IN SAUDI ARABIA IS TURNING PEOPLE GAY 156 By Hakim khatib

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - April 2016 - Volume 01 - Issue 04 - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage  TABLE OF CONTENTS CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA – WAS JOHN KERRY OUTPLAYED? 56 By Rick Francona ART BEYOND ASYLUM: SYRIAN ARTISTS IN GERMANY 58 By Hakim Khatib THE TRUTH INTERNATIONAL LAW PROCLAIMS ABOUT THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIE 61 By Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi THE COMMONWEALTH AND ARAB-ISRAEL RECONCILIATION 68 By Neville Teller IRANIAN ROLE TRUMPS TURKISH MODEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST? 71 By Fadi Elhusseini CULTURAL BRIDGING IN AMMAN – GRASSROOTS PROJECTS WITH SCARCE RESOURC 74 By Hakim Khatib SAUDI EXPORT OF WAHHABISM 76 By James M. Dorsey RUSSIA AND THE US BATTLE IT OUT IN SYRIA 80 By Neville Teller KHAMENEI’S STRATEGIC STEPS TO NAME IRAN’S NEXT SUPREME LEADER 82 By Yvette Hovsepian Bearce TERRORIST ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS – A CLASH OF WHAT? 86 By Hakim Khatib SUFI ISLAM TO PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM? 89 By Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi PUTIN’S TASK IN SYRIA 93 By Fadi Elhusseini

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal – February 2016 – Volume 01, Issue 02

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - January 2016 - Vol 01 - Issue 01 - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Hakim Khatib

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