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Review of Yael Raviv, Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel

11Aug 17

Reviewed by Ryan Zohar

Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel
Yael Raviv
Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2015, 304 pp., $34.50
ISBN: 978-0-8032-9017-4

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Pockets of Privilege: A Historical, Spatial, and Political Economy Analysis of Industrial Zones in Palestine

16Mar 17

Rohan Advani

Abstract: This article argues that industrial zones in Palestine do not effectively promote Palestinian economic development. The article rests on a historical, spatial, and economic analysis of the political economy of industrial zones in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Continue reading →

National Dress in the UAE: constructions of authenticity

28Dec 16

Rana Khalid AlMutawa

This quick study analyses constructions of authenticity through national dress in the UAE and Gulf states. The author uses Instagram accounts as archival sources and connects the Instagram discourse to her own anecdotal experience, and the scholarly literature, to diagnose an artificial modernity.

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Copts, Islamists and Jews: gender, minorities, hybridity (and its limits) in two novellas by Bahaa Abdelmegid

09May 16

Sarah Irving

Abstract: Bahaa Abdelmegid’s novellas Saint Theresa and Sleeping with Strangers feature a range of intertwined relations: sexual, commercial, as neighbours, and as colleagues between Jews, Christians and Muslims in Egyptian society since 1967. I argue that Abdelmegid’s Egyptian masculine is fragile, brittle, and under threat from a dissolute West and an extremist and inauthentic Islam. Continue reading →