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Comment: It's a slippery slope between appreciation and appropriation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Book review: Nisha Kapoor's book exposes how racialised subjects are dehumanised, and how the state's securitisation agenda seeks to police and undermine political dissent, writes Malia Bouattia.

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Khaled Diab

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Comment: Lewis' 'clash of the civilisations' theory made him the orientalist of choice for America's neo-conservative establishment, writes Khaled Diab.

Bernard Lewis, controversial Middle East scholar, dies aged 101

The New Arab & agencies

Bernard Lewis, controversial Middle East scholar, dies aged 101

The late scholar was accused by detractors of Orientalism and being the embodiment of Western imperialism in the Middle East.

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

Usman Butt

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

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 ...

The New Arab

Lebanese slam upcoming 'orientalist, trashy' Hollywood film 'Beirut'

Beirut is an upcoming fictional film set in 1982 Lebanon, a time of the country’s civil war. But the Lebanese are not happy about the Hollywood depiction.

Umar Lateef Misgar

Edward Said: The legacy of an exile

Comment: Monday marks the fourteenth anniversary of the passing of the visionary Palestinian academic. His influence changed postcolonial ...

The New Arab

This activist asked Twitter about experiences of racism

People began to discuss instances in which they were jokingly referred to as terrorists, orientalised, fetishised and had their ethnic ...

Charlie Hoyle

Remembering the powerful legacy of Jack Shaheen

Jack Shaheen was a pioneer in challenging and exposing racial and ethnic stereotypes of Arab-Americans, exposing deep-rooted ...

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

David Powell

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

Comment: There was nothing inevitable about the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Instead, it was a product of the regime's 'divide and ...

Gehad Quisay

Middle East sectarianism is a self-inflicted wound

Book review: 'Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East' is a refreshing challenge to the popular essentialist view of sect ...

How Islamophobes missed the joke in Malaysian hijabi parody-ad

Diana Alghoul

How Islamophobes missed the joke in Malaysian hijabi parody-ad

For the Internet, context seemed unnecessary. In fact, how dare anyone ask for context when seeing this image of this poor veiled woman in a ...

France's approach to Islam: From the Enlightenment to today

Jalila Sbai

France's approach to Islam: From the Enlightenment to today

Comment: The French system, incapable of recognising and confronting its own racism, preferred to represent a homogenous Muslim community in ...

The problem with 'terrorism' coverage isn't quantity, but quality

Usaid Siddiqui

The problem with 'terrorism' coverage isn't quantity, but quality

Comment: Donald Trump has complained the media is unwilling to report on terrorism, but it is precisely the way in which they've reported that ...

2016: Dehumanising the Arabs... again

Bassel Salloukh

2016: Dehumanising the Arabs... again

Comment: The dehumanising forces of indifference and sectarianism must force us to start thinking of alternative ways of living together ...

Laith Saud

Think tanks and Syria

Comment: What exactly have think tanks accomplished for Syria over the last five years, asks Laith Saud.

Laith Saud

American white supremacy rears its ugly head

Comment: Unlike the notion of racism, far more people would actually admit to holding beliefs that are white supremacist, writes Laith Saud

Loubna Mrie

What's next for the left's troubled relationship with Syria?

Comment: The western left's understanding of the Syria conflict has lacked context and nuance. Loubna Mrie asks: how, then, should the left show ...

Shenaz Kermalli

The guise of religion: Using Ashura for political gain

Comment: Shenaz Kermalli explores how the narrative of martyrdom around Ashura is used by the Iranian government to garner support for its ...

American conspiracies on the Middle East

Robin Yassin-Kassab

American conspiracies on the Middle East

Comment: Conspiracy-thinking betrays a lazy intellectual approach, and new technologies only serve to quench our thirst for such easy ...

Tristan Dunning

After Chilcot: Iraqis stand up to sectarianism and corruption

Comment: Iraq's destitute population continues to suffer the depredations of war and terrorism, but is determined to rectify the damage of the ...

The Obama Doctrine: Eight years of <em>Orientalism</em>

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

The Obama Doctrine: Eight years of Orientalism

Comment: The US president's outdated agenda in the Middle East has been exposed as divisive and dangerous, writes Dr. Tamara Kharroub.

Syrians angered by '100 years of beauty' video

The New Arab

Syrians angered by '100 years of beauty' video

A video showing a century of fashion in Syria, has angered Syrians, and an effort they say would make Assad's own propagandists proud.

Obama's clash of civilisations

Sam Hamad

Obama's clash of civilisations

Comment: Decrying the entire Middle East as inherently sectarian revives the old ghosts of orientalism and ignores Washington's ...

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