Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal is a non-profit, independent on-line journal, which focuses on research around cultural and political issues in the Orient and its relationship with the West. The Journal* contributes to building a culture of mutual understanding as a path toward peace and development of human civilisation.
We believe relations in West Asia and North Africa are much more complex than what we learn from mainstream media, especially that the culture(s) in this region can be traced back to some of the most ancient civilizations in the world. In spite of the violence plaguing this region currently, evidence suggests that the general tendency in these communities leans towards peace and non-violence. There, relations, traditions and ethics constitute of a wider context than religion or politics do.
The embarkation on a substantive dialogue to deal with the crises sweeping the Orient – from investigating the authority of religious establishment and its impact on the spread of hard-line radical thought, and the rights of minorities and vulnerable groups, particularly women and children’s rights, to providing a neutral, independent and substantially different view from the political views promoted across the world, which directly affect the destinies of the people covered– will significantly contribute to preventive measures through dismantling these sophisticated crises and the spill-over thereof to various parts of the world.
The Journal is particularly directed towards academics and is primarily focused on issues of the youth and vulnerable groups. While we offer a platform to religious, ethnic, social and intellectual minorities in the Orient, we are also interested in providing the same platform to other minorities in the West and elsewhere. Rights of everyone matter for us!
Objectivity far from ideological leaning, although relative based on our understanding, constitutes our principal editorial benchmark. We think that carry an ideology-free humanitarian message, which is necessarily open to everyone.
We offer an information and exchange platform for authentic voices to tackle issues related to Mashreq politics and culture as well as to Occident-Orient relations.
We believe that all cultures and communities can interactively coexist, thus we focus on issue related to concepts of freedom, equality, justice, citizenship and tolerance. In other words, we focus on respecting human rights and refusing concepts of cultural relativism.
We also think that we should shout our ideas out loud, slam doors if needed and openly discuss problems and contentious issues using consistent terminology and analysis patterns. In other words, we publish what we think is close to truth and reality.
History of the Journal
Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal was launched in 2014 in Germany. The Journal is self-funded and operates fully independently in accordance with the principles of journalistic positive neutrality. While issued in English, it has been relatively successful in reaching the Western reader.
Some of the articles published in the Journal have been reprinted under the creative comment by the academic library at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. A few articles published on our website have been not only printed by websites but also translated into other languages such as Arabic and German.
In addition to that, we are blessed to be thankful to a group of journalists, researchers, writers and translators, who have provide the Journal with a wide range of topics and articles on a voluntary basis.
Based on the fact the number of refugees from the East and particularly from Arab descent has grown in Europe, as well as the advent of the language barrier as an obstacle to communication, and in order to reach an Arabic-speaking readership in the Orient, we started the Arabic version of the Journal in mid-2015, in which we have mainly been publishing translations from the main English site.
*The Journal: Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal will be referred to as the Journal throughout this text.