How do air travel and smartphones affect Muslims’ experience of the hajj? What is the impact of modern practices on the transformative experience as described in historical accounts? Marjo Buitelaar discusses continuities and changes, as part of the findings of her most recent project.
When the first Muslims came to Yemen, they came across thousands of ancient inscriptions, written centuries before by South Arabia’s pre-Islamic rulers. Medieval Muslims came to re-interpret these inscriptions to fit their own worldviews, from ancient warnings to memories of heroic deeds.
Tien jaar na dato, lijkt de Arabische Lente niet de gehoopte veranderingen te hebben gebracht in Marokko. Nadia Bouras en Herman Obdeijn gaan in op de ontwikkelingen in persvrijheid, de Rif-regio, vrouwenrechten en economische ongelijkheid.
Erdoğan's frequent references to the past fit within an ongoing tradition in Turkish politics. Uğur Derin shows how history has been politicised in Turkey since the emergence of the Republic, focusing on Erdoğan's usage of a civilisational discourse that glorifies an Islamic and Ottoman past.
The borders created by the colonial powers in the Middle East were not only lines drawn on a map, but also a physical and juridical reality. In this blog, Mattia Serra discusses the local consequences of the imposition of the Palestine-Lebanon border in the Mandates period.
The loss of her daughter spurred Citi Yousoff onto a spiritual journey. It led her to study calligraphy with the renowned master Hasan Çelebi. Today she is one of the very few female calligraphers with an ijazah, a traditional licence. What drives her? And how does she view her position?
In January 2021, President Erdoğan controversially appointed Melih Bulu as the new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University, inciting protests from both students and academics. Faculty member Olcay Akyıldız provides an insider’s perspective on the protests and their impact.
Central banks are supreme national economic institutions. What happens when, during a war, they become part of the power struggle? Heba Taha looks at the case of Yemen, which since 2016 has had two competing central banks, resulting in rivalling banknotes and currencies with different values.