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Book review- Terrains of exchange

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Terrains of exchange Religious Economies of Global Islam By Nile Green Published by Hurst ISBN 9781849044288 Price £25.00  hardback Terrains of Exchange offers a bold new paradigm for understanding the expansion of Islam in the modern world. Through the model … Continue reading

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Book review – The Alawis of Syria

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The Alawis of Syria War, faith and politics in the Levant Edited by Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin Published by Hurst ISBN 9781849043991 Price £29.99 hardback   Throughout the turbulent history of the Levant the ‘Alawis — a secretive, resilient … Continue reading

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Peace prize reignites hope – for Tunisia and the region

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet, seen here at a news conference in 2013, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.

There was a time Tunisia looked set to follow the path of many of the popular uprisings during the Arab Spring – first hope, then a descent into bloodshed and chaos. What helped save the country’s prospects was an extraordinary coming … Continue reading

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Book review – Haifa fragments

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Haifa fragments By Khulud Khamis Published by New Internationalist ISBN 9781780262598 price £8.99 paperback In this novel, jewelery designer Maisoon wants an ordinary life, which isn’t easy for a Palestinian citizen of Israel who refuses to be crushed by the feeling … Continue reading

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REFUGEES: EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . .

Do the decisions taken by the Prime Minister in Westminster go far enough?

    Adel Darwish reports from Westminister on British efforts to help alleviate the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of refugees still searching for a place of safety; efforts some say are woefully inadequate given the extent of the … Continue reading

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The ups & downs of Turkish-Iranian relations

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  For the past 35 years, political and economic development in Iran and Turkey have experienced a virtually inverse relationship. As one country has seen improvement, the other has gone into decline. In the 1980s, Turgut Ozal developed Turkey’s economy … Continue reading

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Russia to sign nuclear deal with Cairo

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The Egyptian government will sign a contract with Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, which specializes in the manufacturing of nuclear plants, to build the Dabaa nuclear power plant in Matrouh governorate. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will lay the … Continue reading

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Turkey must decide warns Erdogan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has  urged Turkish voters to back the ruling party in November snap elections, saying the polls would be a choice between “stability and instability”. The repeat elections come after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) … Continue reading

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TUNISIA: tough new laws on terror

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In the wake of a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Tunisia this year, the democratically-elected Tunisian Parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law aiming to counter any future threats from Islamist militants and extremists. The introduction of this law … Continue reading

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Showdown at Jarablous?

A Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division studies the perimeter before his guard duty April 26 at Fort Irwin, Calif. During low light hours, Soldiers wear night vision goggles to help them keep their area secure. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division/Released)

The Syrian border town of Jarablous could soon become a battleground and that battle could change the front-lines and the balance of power in territories outside the control of the government in northern Syria. Jarablous is controlled by the Islamic … Continue reading

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