Heard @ the Souq


Bringing you a step closer to the various facets of the region

Browsing the Archives of the Original Souk

11 Apr 2018

Our regular contributor, Zafirah Zein, provides us a brief historical lesson on the evolution of the Souk as we know it today and how it served as a centrepoint for the transmission of religious values and a work ethic.

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Living Vicariously through Black Panther

10 Apr 2018

Research Associate Muneerah Razak breaks down the movie Black Panther and observes how its screening in Saudi Arabia, a significant event in and of itself, may have an impact on the aspirations of Saudis who dream of a more...

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Anti-Sunnism and Anti-Shiism: Are They the Same Thing?

09 Apr 2018

As part of a larger inter-disciplinary research project entitled Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts (SWAR), the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, Denmark, convened a one-day workshop last month on “Shi’a and Sunni-Islamism(s) in a...

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Gold Smuggling between Dubai and Bombay

08 Apr 2018

Reflecting on a lecture she gave at the South Asian Studies Program this past Friday, Research Fellow Nisha Mathew traces the history of gold smuggling between the Dubai and Bombay, using gold instead of the common trope of oil...

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Reaping the Fruits of One’s Labour

05 Apr 2018

Research Fellow Zoltan Pall’s book, “Salafism in Lebanon” was recently published! It is a book project that he holds dearly and takes pride in. Read on if you want to understand his research process and get a snapshot of...

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Israel-Saudi Relations Soaring to New Heights?

04 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to an inbound flight to Israel. This is an unprecedented move given the delicate relations between these neighbours. What could this mean for the balance of power in the Middle East? Senior Research Fellow Victor...

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