Tag: Saudi Arabia

Seasonal Knowledge and Arab Gulf Almanacs

tabsir , May 28th, 2022

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Seasonal Knowledge and the Almanac Tradition of the Arab Gulf. Details about the book, including a free…


Wahhabis in the Dustbin?

tabsir , February 23rd, 2022

This is a fascinating analysis by Hassan Hassan of the Saudi royal family trying to rewrite its past. It is available on the New/Lines website. Here is the…


Bulldozing Islamic Jeddah

tabsir , February 20th, 2022

mid-19th century view of Jeddah from Richard Burton’s travelogue The current de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, MBS, has promoted a major development scheme entitled Vision 2030. This…


Democracy Denied in the Middle East

tabsir , November 21st, 2021

An excellent analysis of U.S. policy in the Middle East by Juan Cole.


Yemen Military in the early 19th century

tabsir , October 23rd, 2021

The Library of Congress has an online print of an engraving by Andrea Bernieri. It does not appear to be based on an actual observation by the artist….


Al-Jallad on Pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

tabsir , October 19th, 2021

One of the foremost scholars of the pre-Islamic languages and inscriptions of the Arabian Peninsula is Dr. Ahmad al-Jallad. Here is a Youtube video of a lecture he…


Maraqten on the Qur’an in light of Pre-Islamic Inscriptions

tabsir , April 26th, 2021

Dr. Muhammad Maraqten, the distinguished archaeologist and specialist on ancient pre-Islamic languages of the Arabian Peninsula, delivered a lecture almost a year ago on our knowledge of the…


Good Tidings for Saudi Women?

Joel Abdelmoez , March 1st, 2021

Absher, which means “good tidings”, is a smartphone app that was released by the Saudi Ministry of Interior in 2015, available both in the Apple App Store and…


Saudi Arabia, Humanitarian Aid and Knowledge Production: What do we really know? #MUHUM

Nora Derbal , July 5th, 2019

Saudi Arabia has one of the largest humanitarian aid budgets in the world. It counts as an ‘emerging’ donor of substantial influence in one of the world’s most…


Review of 2018, Part 4 (October–December): Nationalism, Deglobalization, plus the US exit from Syria

Maximilian C. Forte , December 23rd, 2018

OCTOBER Where US–Canada relations were concerned, as well as Trump’s trade strategy, NAFTA was the leading event opening the month of October. The US–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) On Monday,…


Geocolonialism and the War in Yemen

tabsir , July 2nd, 2018

In April Secretary-General António Guterres called the situation in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. After more than three years of a lopsided war between a Western-supported Saudi/Emirat…


Women in the Middle East Take a Stand

Faedah Totah , June 15th, 2017

The 2016 edition of the Arab Human Development Report by the UNDP highlighted the challenges of reporting on young women in the region. The report’s authors encountered objections…

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How to Make Extremism Mainstream and Fake a Debate about Islamophobia

Maximilian C. Forte , June 7th, 2017

Is there a genuine debate taking place about Islamophobia? When and why did the “concern” about Islamophobia reach the highest levels of government in North America and western…


Trump Echoes Bush in Middle East Visit

Adam Hodges , June 1st, 2017

President Introduces New Term into Counterterrorism Lexicon President Trump embarked on his first international trip since moving into the White House after a special counsel was appointed to…

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Donald Trump and Empire: An Assessment

Maximilian C. Forte , October 7th, 2016

“There is something unseemly about a nation conducting a foreign policy that involves it in the affairs of most of the nations of the world while its own…


Reforming Saudi Arabia?

tabsir , April 20th, 2016

Mystique of Monarchy Post-War Watch – April 19, 2016 https://postwarwatch.com/2016/04/19/mystique-of-monarchy/ MADAWI AL-RASHEED — Limited social and political reforms in Saudi Arabia only prolong t…


The Voice of which America?

tabsir , January 20th, 2016

Commentary on MENA Tidningen.


Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict

tabsir , January 19th, 2016

by Omid Safi (@ostadjaan), On Being columnist, January 7, 2016 In the last few days, virtually every news outlet has featured a series of stories on the rising…


Geopolitics in the Middle East: A new century dawns

tabsir , December 23rd, 2015

Faisal party at Versailles Conference. Left to right: Rustum Haidar, Nuri as-Said, Prince Faisal (front), Captain Pisani (rear), T. E. Lawrence, Faisal’s attendant (name unknown), Captain Hassan Kha…


Blame the Huthis…

tabsir , October 8th, 2015

Click here for my post on Tigningen about yet another bombing in Aden.


Salman Fishing In Washington

tabsir , September 6th, 2015

This blog post is also available in Swedish…


If faith comes from Yemen…

tabsir , June 12th, 2015

For my post at Mena Tigningen, click here.


Open Access to Middle East Journals and Newspapers

tabsir , May 31st, 2015

For anyone doing research on the Middle East for the past two centuries, there is an incredible archive online. Details below: Alphabetical List of Open Access Historical Newspapers…


Marieke Brandt: The hidden realities behind Saudi Arabia’s Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen

Focaal Web Editor , May 15th, 2015

In recent weeks, as part of Operation Decisive Storm, a military coalition of ten predominantly Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia has been shelling military installations, arms stockpiles,…