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Political symbolism and its effect on the debate between Islamic laws and women’s rights

14 Sep 2018

Tunisia has moved recently to equalise its inheritance law, putting women on an equal footing with men. Research associate Muneerah Razak ties in history with the current debates on what the Islamic law reforms mean for Tunisia.

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Art of War: State-sponsored Poetry in Iran

11 Sep 2018

Our new intern Jin Yin uncovers the contemporary influences and impact of poetry in contemporary Iranian society, and explores how it is used as a tool by the state to co-opt favourable opinions on the regime.

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Reflections on the Partitions of India and Palestine after 70 years

29 Aug 2018

On the 15th of August, the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) held a joint workshop to discuss the dynamics of ‘partition’ between India and Palestine after seventy years. Held in Singapore –...

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Q&A: Informal Mediation and Diplomacy

20 Aug 2018

On the 15th of August 2018, our MEI Research Fellow Serkan Yolacan gives an interview with the Conciliators Guild on informal mediation and diplomacy.

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[Transsystemic Law] Reflections on the Partitions of India and Palestine after 70 years: Conference Summary

16 Aug 2018

What is Partition? How do we trace the histories of partition between the Palestine and South Asia?

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Following the Trail of a Peacock, from Northern Iraq to Singapore and Beyond (part 4)

15 Aug 2018

In this blog series, MEI Visiting Research Fellow Martin van Bruinessen writes about the curious significance of the peacock across cultures from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. This fourth part delves into the cult of Murugan in Malaysia.

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Following the Trail of a Peacock, from Northern Iraq to Singapore and Beyond (part 3)

13 Aug 2018

In this blog series, MEI Visiting Research Fellow Martin van Bruinessen writes about the curious significance of the peacock across cultures from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. This third part explains the relationship between Yezidis and Hindus through...

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Following the Trail of a Peacock, from Northern Iraq to Singapore and Beyond (part 2)

06 Aug 2018

In this blog series, MEI Visiting Research Fellow Martin van Bruinessen writes about the curious significance of the peacock across cultures from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. This second part explores the ubiquity of the peacock in Tamil...

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Religious Minorities of the Middle East

02 Aug 2018

The widely-held association of the Middle East with the Islamic tradition often eludes the minority religious communities that make up the region. From Jews in Israel to Yazidis in Iraq, the people of the Middle East are a mosaic...

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