Reviews

Examining the newest publications on the Middle East.



James Spencer
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on : Monday, 3 Mar, 2014

A Timely Reminder from Southern Arabia

Conferences on Yemen come around every 15 years or so in the United Kingdom. Those fortunate enough to attend them enjoy the fruits of a wide variety of topics and subjects, and the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues raised. Those less fortunate who are unable to attend must make do with the conference proceedings. Sometimes these are tardy and stale; often they are bland. Occasionally, they are select, sweet and concentrated, like this season’s Saada raisins. Why Yemen Matters is ju...

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Hugh Pope
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on : Tuesday, 25 Feb, 2014

That’s Turkey for You

The juggling balls of Turkish punditry soar into the air from the first pages of The Assassin from Apricot City: Reportage from Turkey, by Witold Szabłowski: caricatures of prostitutes and dervishes, chadors and miniskirts, a people torn between East and West and all topped by a classical reference to the Bosporus as the River Styx, flowing between life and death. Luckily, these stark juxtapositions soon smooth out into a well-tuned voice, seamlessly translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jone...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 15 Feb, 2014

The Syrian Ulama at Peace and War

When I met Sheikh Walid, a large, imposing man affiliated with Syria’s Islamic Front, I remember thinking that his role in the Syrian war must be one that inspires men to jihad. ...

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Noel Brehony
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on : Thursday, 7 Nov, 2013

Learning from Past Mistakes

Jason Pack has assembled articles by both new and well-known experts on Libya to produce a book of consistently high quality, which is not all that common in edited works. Both tim...

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Alex Edwards
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on : Saturday, 27 Jul, 2013

Iran Behind the Headlines

Iran is a country that, in many ways, proves the old saying that “no news is good news.” When the country does appear in the world’s media, it is invariably a story about h...

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James Denselow
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on : Friday, 14 Jun, 2013

Memories of Spring

In assembling Writing Revolution, journalist Matthew Cassel and the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Layla Al-Zubaidi embarked on the ambitious task of compressing the huge transfo...

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Grace Perriman
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on : Saturday, 25 May, 2013

Evolutionary, not Revolutionary

In the first frenzied hours following the Boston bombings, a young Saudi man was mistakenly reported to be a suspect. “Investigators have a suspect—a Saudi Arabian national,”...

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Michelle Williams
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on : Tuesday, 9 Apr, 2013

Remembering Cairo

There is a story from the Mubarak era about a Cairo shopkeeper who had a portrait of each of Gamal Nasser, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak decorating the wall of his shop. A passing...

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Martin Schulz and André Azoulay
on : Friday, 5 Apr, 2013

A Wave Of Citizenship Breaks Across the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean stands torn between renewal and crisis. New political, social and cultural realities struggle through the pain of birth. Both north and south of the sea, ther...

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Celia Topping
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on : Friday, 22 Mar, 2013

Meet Reel Iraq

Ten years ago the world witnessed massive protests against the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq, with up to sixty countries standing in solidarity with the Iraqi people. In Londo...

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