Decorative Lanterns

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 →