Iraqi students walk near a building of the central Library of the University of Mosul

The Rise of Iraq’s Young Secularists

MOSUL, Iraq—Rayyan Hadidi was 18 years old when he lost his faith. It was July 2006, and he was on his way to school when he stumbled upon a cheering crowd that had gathered near a local mosque. The group, made up mostly of mosque leaders and worshippers, had encircled two men accused of volunteering with the Iraqi police force, which many saw as a puppet of the American occupiers. Al-Qaeda gunmen brandished their arms, preparing to execute the men, as the crowd shouted, “Allahu akbar.” Hadidi stared at the two men, flinching when he made eye contact with one…
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How well do you know the Mashreq? It is a video on diversity in the Mashreq region of West Asia and North Africa. The short video is produced by Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal). All rights reserved. Music by Alp Yenier/"Waiting Immigrant" by Reg Project Manuscript by Hakim Khatib Design by Ivan E. Rosado Publisher: Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal) For more on the Mashreq, visit MPC Journal website: www.mpc-journal.org Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mpcjournal

How Well Do You Know About Diversity in the Mashreq?

How well do you know the Mashreq? It is a video on diversity in the Mashreq region of West Asia and North Africa. The short video is produced by Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal). How Well Do You Know The Mashreq? Mashreq: is an Arabic word means “the place of the sunrise”, “Orient” or the “East” As of 2016, it is home for 3% of the global population (≈350 million) living in 17 countries with many different religions and a variety of ethnic and linguistic groups. These countries are: Lebanon, Syria, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain,…
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Jews Gave Muslims the Key to Their Synagogue

Jewish people in a small Texas city handed Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue after the town’s only mosque was destroyed in a fire. The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday and had previously been burgled – the cause is being investigated by federal officials. But the town’s Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building is reconstructed, thanks to their Jewish neighbours.

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DNA Analysis Proves Arabs Aren’t Entirely Arab

National Geographic’s Genographic Project, launched in 2005, uses science to bring people together where politics have failed. Through DNA analysis, the project is answering people’s questions regarding ethnicity, race, and the overall origins of the human population and how we came to populate the Earth. The Genographic Project lists a group of reference populations, where the typical national of each country is described according to genetic makeup. These are based on hundreds of DNA samples and advanced DNA analysis. Four Arab countries were part of the reference population list. Here are some surprising discoveries on the genetic makeup of these four…
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Why Learn Dialect before Standard Arabic

One of the most common questions asked by learners of Arabic is ‘should I learn Modern Standard Arabic or a dialect first’? Dialect of course refers to any of the many local varieties of Arabic spoken across North Africa and the Middle East, and Modern Standard Arabic is the variety you see and hear when you turn on the news or read a newspaper. This question is often asked by people who want to be conversational in Arabic too. We’re not talking about students of politics or religion here necessarily. Just people who want to travel and converse to people.

Cultural Bridging in Amman – Grassroots Projects with Scarce Resources - MPC Journal @ Image: Hakim Khatib

Cultural Bridging in Amman – Grassroots Projects with Scarce Resources

JORDAN – While political conflicts have dominated almost all discourses around the region of West Asia, narratives on the region have remained ensnared by political and religious frameworks. Thus the people in West Asia remain entrapped within politically driven explanations to answer questions about peace and conflict, Islamism, authoritarianism, security, stability etc. Unfortunately, even cultural, historical, philosophical, psychological and archaeological aspects of human civilisation in this region were to a great extent framed to serve only political explanations. This has led to minimizing the complexity of the fabric of these societies. Defying these rigid structures of categorization, local people in…
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