by Neil Partrick The Saudis have sent mixed messages in response to nascent Trumpian Middle Eastern policy. Domestic Saudi media likes the tough words toward Iran, whereas externally-based Saudi media has been more sceptical, in effect asking ‘where’s the beef?’ Saudi doublethink has long been a characteristic of the Kingdom’s foreign policy. Vague US talk …
Bamya | Okra, Lamb and Tomato Stew Okra, which is also known as ‘ladies’ fingers’ is a small member of the mallow family, which also includes hollyhocks and hibiscus. The edible part is a thin, green vegetable pod containing small white seeds arranged in vertical rows. It is rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, very …
Turkey stands at the crossroads of world politics: caught between the West and the Middle East; bordering Syria and the frontiers of ISIS; excluded from the EU and governed by an increasingly hard-line leader. Recent events – both the failed military coup and Erdoğan’s subsequent nationwide crackdown – have propelled this young democracy into a new chapter of turbulence.
Excerpts of a 2016 interview with historian Philip Mansel, author of Aleppo: the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City. Dr Mansel describes Aleppo’s colourful history, its trading position, and the vulnerability of cosmopolitan cities, both in the Middle East and elsewhere. (Courtesy: B Hadrian) Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the …
Mona Prince’s Diary from Eighteen Days in Tahrir during the Arab Spring
We caught up with Anthony Downey to talk about Uncommon Grounds, art and media practices in North Africa and the Middle East.
With unrivalled access, Sami Moubayed’s Inside the New Jihad provides a unique and more complete picture of the ISIS movement.
Who are Iraq’s Kurds? Mahir Aziz’s The Kurds of Iraq goes deep inside Iraqi Kurdistan to meet the people now on the front line in the war against the Islamic State.
Join us for the launch of Ibraaz’s Uncommon Grounds at the Delfina Foundation on Friday 5 September.
Thanks to the good people at the Arab British Centre, win two tickets to a screening of Around the Pink House as part of the Safar film festival at the ICA.
Amin Saikal believes it’s time for the US and its allies to take stock of their past mistakes in the Middle East and act in ways that could help the people of the region.
With thousands of Yezidi refugees currently besieged by forces from the Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq, we have decided to bring forward the publication of Birgül Açikyildiz’s The Yezidis.
In response to the recent death of Ariel Sharon, Maria Holt explores what life has meant to thousands of Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.