Immunity to the Arab Spring? Fear, Fatigue and Fragmentation in Algeria

7Jan 13

Edward McAllister

Abstract:  Rather than asking why the Arab Spring has not spread to Algeria, a question that necessitates a comparative approach, this paper will argue that the localised protests that have become a familiar feature of Algerian life for over half a decade respond to Algerian dynamics and have continued to do so in the wake of the Arab Spring. Continue reading →

The Iranian Electric Power Industry after the Islamic Revolution: Nuclear Developments and Current Conditions

29Oct 12

Denis Volkov

This quick study analyses Iran’s electric power industry and the role of nuclear power therein. Until 2010, the author worked in this industry and was based in Tehran. In this quick study, he answers the question: “does Iran really need nuclear power?” Continue reading →

The Ideological Framing of the National Outlook Parties in Turkey

11Apr 12

Feriha Perekli

Abstract: This paper unpacks the ideological framing of the National Outlook (NO) parties in Turkey, focusing on the National Order Party and the National Salvation Party during the 1970s, and the Welfare Party between the years 1983 and 1991. Rejecting violence for the purpose of bringing Continue reading →

The Reagan Administration and the Origins of the War on Terror: Lebanon and Libya as Case Studies

4Apr 12

Mattia Toaldo

Abstract: This article uses recently declassified records to analyze the American intervention in Lebanon between 1982 and 1984 and the confrontation with Libya between 1981 and 1986. In both cases, the US responded Continue reading →

From Medina to Runnymede: Comparing the Foundational Legacies of the Constitution of Medina and the Magna Carta

16Nov 11

Jeremy Kleidosty

Abstract: Identifying an Islamic constitutional tradition can be controversial due to orthodox Muslim understandings of God’s sovereignty and agency. Further complicating such discussions are arguments surrounding Continue reading →

An Alternative Representation of Femininity in 1920s Lebanon: Through the Mise-en-Abîme of a Masculine Space.

15Jun 11

Yasmine Nachabe focuses on this 1920s photograph by Marie al-Khazen: Two Women Dressed up in Men’s Suits. Continue reading →

Creating a New Historiography of the Persian Gulf: The Case of Qatar

15Jun 11

A review article by Peter C. Valenti

Texts reviewed:

Frederick F. Anscombe, The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).

Zekeriya Kurşun, The Ottomans in Qatar: A History of Anglo-Ottoman Conflicts in the Persian Gulf (Istanbul: Isis Press, 2002).

Zekeriya Kurşun, Basra Körfezi’nde Osmanlı-İngiliz Çekişmesi: Katar’da Osmanlılar 1871-1916 (Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi, 2004).

H. Rahman, The Emergence of Qatar: The Turbulent Years 1627-1916 (London: Kegan Paul, 2005) Continue reading →

Western Sahara and Palestine: A Comparative Study of Colonialisms, Occupations, and Nationalisms

15Jun 11

Rana B. Khoury

Abstract: Occupation and colonization are terms that evoke an era of empires and great powers. Yet for two peoples, occupation and settler colonialism are not remnants of a time foregone; they remain the reality Continue reading →

Bedouin Settlement in Late Ottoman and British Mandatory Palestine: Influence on the Cultural and Environmental Landscape, 1870-1948

15Jun 11

Dr. Seth J. Frantzman and Ruth Kark

Abstract: During the late Ottoman and British Mandatory periods the cultural and environmental landscape of Palestine changed dramatically. This was reflected in both urban development and rural settlement patterns Continue reading →