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Usman Butt

Usman Butt is multimedia television researcher, filmmaker and writer based in London. Usman read International Relations and Arabic Language at the University of Westminster and completed a Master of Arts in Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

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Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

15 June, 2018

Book review: What can the Ottomans teach us about welcoming and integrating refugees? Dawn Chatty's book gives us some clues, writes Usman Butt.

Book review: The unexpected love objects of Dunya Noor

24 April, 2018

Book review: Dunya embarks on a journey across Syria and encounters indifference, fear and some unexpected twists, writes Usman Butt.

Iranian metaphysicals: Explorations in science, Islam, and the uncanny

19 April, 2018

Book review: Doostdar explores Iran's new spiritual environment, and the widely held assumptions about rationality, and the relationship between science and religion, writes Usman Butt.

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

02 April, 2018

Book review: Irwin revisits the Arab world's most famous thinker, and tries to dismantle the idea of him as a modern man living in premodern times, writes Usman Butt.

A journey into Russia's Muslim heartlands

23 March, 2018

Book review: Tackling themes such as religious diversity under authoritarianism, tolerance and radicalisation, Dominic Rubin's new book is a fascinating look at Islam in Putin's Russia, writes Usman Butt.

Longing for the Lost Caliphate

05 March, 2018

Book review: The book succeeds in exploring little-known (outside the Arab Word) reactions to the fall of the caliphate, blending political, historical and artistic responses, writes Usman Butt.

How the House of Government helps us understand revolution

26 February, 2018

Book review: Yuri Slezkine sheds light on the nature of revolution itself, writes Usman Butt.

Trump: The president who wasn't meant to be

09 February, 2018

Book review: Understanding the Trump doctrine requires moving the spotlight away from the theatrics of the man himself, writes Usman Butt.

Homo Sovieticus' return to a totalitarian Russia

18 December, 2017

Book review: ‘The Future is History’ chronicles Russia's journey to authoritarianism from Soviet communism via the individual journeys of Russians, writes Usman Butt.

Islam and the European Reformation

31 October, 2017

Comment: Early Protestant thinkers were obsessed with Islam as the Reformation broke down barriers between Christian and Muslim nations, writes Usman Butt.

Lie down on a couch with the Arabic Freud

10 October, 2017

Book review: The growth of psychoanalysis as a popular science in the Middle East in the post-war period encourages another look at classical Islamic concepts of self, writes Usman Butt.

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

16 August, 2017

Book review: Ennahdha has until recently been impossible to investigate. Wolf's book sheds important light on one of Tunisia’s most influential political actors, writes Usman Butt.

Usman Butt
Usman Butt

Usman Butt is multimedia television researcher, filmmaker and writer based in London. Usman read International Relations and Arabic Language at the University of Westminster and completed a Master of Arts in Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

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