5 Middle East books to read this Christmas

The holidays are upon us again! As we take time to relax at home with our loved ones, there's no better time to read - so we thought we'd share a few of our current favourite Middle East-focused books to inspire your Christmas reading list. Grab a gingerbread latte or a mulled wine and enjoy! … Continue reading 5 Middle East books to read this Christmas

Middle East Monthly Roundup: November

It’s time for our monthly summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East over the last month, where we explain why they matter and what they mean for the region. Here’s the biggest story from November: British academic Matthew Hedges was sentenced then pardoned by the UAE for spying What happened British academic Matthew … Continue reading Middle East Monthly Roundup: November

Orange the World: The Mirabal Sisters and the Elimination of Violence Against Women

By Francesca Kelsall Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of a 16-day period of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the culmination of which will be International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December. The UN created the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women … Continue reading Orange the World: The Mirabal Sisters and the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Making Sense of Syria: An International Perspective

The conflict in Syria is a tragedy for nobody more than the Syrian people themselves. However, unlike traditional Athenian tragedies in which misfortune often befalls a small group of individuals, the Oedipuses of Syria are the millions who have been forcibly displaced internally and internationally. Observers of the Syrian civil war have witnessed the notable … Continue reading Making Sense of Syria: An International Perspective

Harper Lee: The Unacclaimed Realist of the Civil Rights Movement

I opened my copy of Go Set a Watchman somewhat apprehensively. Deterred by the less than encouraging and largely mixed reviews of Harper Lee's long-awaited To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, I prepared myself for the disappointment that would supposedly follow. The book is set twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird when Jean Louise Finch (having … Continue reading Harper Lee: The Unacclaimed Realist of the Civil Rights Movement

Queen Rania of Jordan: A Beacon of Cultural Change in the Middle East

Harpers and Queen named her the most beautiful first lady in 2011, while Hello Magazine called her a “true woman of the new millennium”. Strikingly beautiful, unveiled and unusually outspoken, Queen Rania of Jordan positively defies orientalist Western stereotypes of Arab women. Few royals could match her devotion to her family, her country, and to … Continue reading Queen Rania of Jordan: A Beacon of Cultural Change in the Middle East