Decorative Lanterns

From the Mosque to the Polls: The Emergence of the Al Nour Party in Post-Arab Spring Egypt

07Aug 14

Laurence Deschamps-Laporte

Abstract: In this paper, I examine the rise of the Al Nour Salafi party that won 27 percent of the vote in the 2011 Egyptian parliamentary elections. I present a new explanation for their popularity based on the analysis of ethnographic data collected in Alexandria. Continue reading →

After ‘Security First’: An analysis of security transition and ‘statebuilding’ in the West Bank 2007-11

13Jun 14

Philip Leech

Abstract: The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) imposition of order after the end of the al-Aqsa Intifada has been generally interpreted as a success. Not only did the PA consolidate its power in the West Bank and restore good relations with Israel and the West, it also appeared to obtain popular legitimacy by cracking down on its political opponents. Continue reading →

The ʿUlamāʾ and the Arab Uprisings 2011-13: Considering Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the ‘Global Mufti,’ between the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Legal Tradition, and Qatari Foreign Policy

21Mar 14

David H. Warren

Abstract: This article aims to explore emerging trends for the Sunni religious elite and the Islamic legal tradition in the new context of the Arab Uprisings by focusing on Yusuf al-Qaradawi, arguably the most prominent of these ʿulamāʾ alive today. Continue reading →

From Şikayet to Political Discourse and ‘Public Opinion’: Petitioning Practices to the King-Crane Commission

18Feb 14

Yuval Ben-Bassat and Fruma Zachs

Abstract: The King-Crane Commission, named after its two chairs, Henry Churchill King (1858-1934) and Charles R. Crane (1858-1939), was an American investigative commission set up to explore possible political arrangements for the former Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I and the collapse of the Empire. While most research has dealt with the issue of whether the petitions submitted to the King-Crane Commission were a genuine manifestation of ‘public opinion’ or merely manipulations by interested elite parties, this article shifts the focus beyond this debate. Continue reading →

The Impact of ‘Biblical Orientalism’ in Late Nineteeth- and Early Twentieth-Century Palestine

30Jan 14

Lorenzo Kamel

Abstract: ‘Biblical Orientalism’ can be defined as a phenomenon based on the combination of a selective use of religion and a simplifying way to approach its natural habitat: the ‘Holy Land’. Between the 1830s and the beginning of the 20th century this attitude triggered a flood of mainly British books, private diaries and maps. Continue reading →

Review of Clement Moore Henry and Robert Springborg, Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East, 2nd Edition

20Jan 14

Reviewed by Yusuke Kawamura Continue reading →

Review of Cengiz Gunes, The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From Protest to Resistance

19Jan 14

Reviewed by Özlem Galip Continue reading →

Review of Sarah Yizraeli, Politics and Society in Saudi Arabia: The Crucial Years of Development, 1960-1982

31Dec 13

Reviewed by Claudia Schröder Continue reading →

Review of Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

17Dec 13

Reviewed by Eva Sajoo Continue reading →