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On political culture and stalled democratisation

| Dec 27, 2014

I have never accepted the notion, that “political culture” determines the success or failure of democratic transition. Indeed, I devoted an entire chapter to this question in my 2007 book On the Arab Question, where I argue for the existence of an Arab exceptionalism more...

On the nature of the Said Akl debate

| Dec 16, 2014

I often try to avoid taking part in debates surrounding well-known literary figures, especially those that take place following their deaths. In such discussions, eloquent tributes and the usual enumeration of the feats of the deceased combine with attempts to say something new and different on the back of the flurry of eulogies filling the newspapers more...

The state's Jewishness and 'two states for two peoples'

| Dec 04, 2014

In his attempt to promote the proposed "Jewish-nation law" that would constitutionally define Israel as a national state for the Jewish people, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu argued that it was entirely compatible with the "two states for two peoples" solution more...

Forging Jewish nationalism in the age of Arab sectarianisation

| Dec 02, 2014

There have been several initiatives in the Israeli Knesset over the past two decades to promote "the Jewishness" of the state of Israel - above the country's democratic credentials - as the primary criterion for legislative and political legitimacy more...

Who are the New Arabs? You. And us.

| Nov 07, 2014

A human being cannot be shaped or reshaped according to some physical or philosophical blueprint. All well-known historical efforts to "build the new human" have ended in disaster more...

Arab interference in the affairs of foreign intervention

| Sep 21, 2014

The Arab world has moved from a period of home-grown revolutions to an era again marked by foreign interventions and alignments, in the form of the renewed war on terror in our region more...

It’s futile to play the 'Islamic State' blame game

| Aug 06, 2014

The blame game is nothing new. One of the hallmarks of entrenched political disputes is that responsibility for universally abhorrent acts are attributed to one’s opponent more...

Heresies of statehood

| Oct 30, 2013

A commonly held piety has it that nations create states: that in the beginning there was nationalism, which gave rise to nationalist more...

On Justice in the Current Arab Context

| Sep 25, 2013

On Justice in the Current Arab Context This paper explores the deep-rooted, transcultural history of justice and fairness, which has fluctuated and evolved into the contemporary concept of justice, which is linked to citizenship more...

Revolution against Revolution, the Street against the People, and Counter-Revolution

| Sep 10, 2013

Revolution against Revolution, the Street against the People, and Counter-Revolution Egypt's January 25 protests did not start as a revolution but as an angry popular movement against the practices of the Egyptian security agencies more...

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