March 25, 2019

Civilizationism vs the Nation State

This female truck driver broke stereotypes and made waves in Egyptian media in 2017.
March 8, 2019

Feminism and the Egyptian Culture

November 16, 2018

Gender Equality in the Mind of Men in the MENA

June 5, 2018

What the Arab Majority World Can Learn from Indonesia – Op-Ed

June 5, 2018

The Term ‘Arab World’. What Does It Mean Anyway?

Intercultural

Did They or Didn’t They? The Battle for Control of Brussels’ Grand Mosque

It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand Mosque after three years in which Belgia

History +

Arguing that Africa’s Pyramids Built by Aliens Is Rooted in Racism

Some of the most impressive buildings and cities ever made by humans can be found in Africa: the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe in South Africa, Kenya’s Gedi Ruins and Meroe in Sudan. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring of these are the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Worl

Religion +

Jihadists: They Love Death As We Love Life

French extremism researcher Olivier Roy talks to Eren Guvercin about the Catch 22 situation of European Muslims expected to speak for Islam, the irrelevance of 'liberal' reforms, the false premise of current de-radicalisation programmes and the nature of modern terrorism. (more…)

Society

Feminism and the Egyptian Culture

The question of Egyptian culture’s compatibility with feminism has been one highly debated in recent years. In this discourse, Arab women become entrapped in the confines of both the Western feminist lens which neglects them, and Arabs who oppose Western influence. The history of Egyptian feminis

Art +

Egyptian-Israeli Relations – Signs of a Thaw?

Over the years neither the Egyptian public, nor its various leaders, have exhibited much enthusiasm for a genuine friendship with Israel – this despite the peace treaty, signed way back in March 1979 by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. Yet, through thick an

Diversity

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 vol