Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East

By Riyaz Ahmad Sheikh The state of affairs in the Middle East has infrequently been as fluid as at the moment, the events seldom as fascinating to watch, as well as challenging to comprehend with the torrent of news reports we get from the locale consistently. Since mid 2011, some heads of state of Tunisia, […]

Saudi, Gulf states to celebrate Eid today

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today as the crescent of Shawwal was sighted, Arab News reported. “Sunday, June 25, is the first day of Eid ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia” the Supreme Court announced, in a statement. Shawwal’s crescent was sighted on Saturday evening, which means Eid will start on Sunday. […]

Muhammad ‘Abduh (1849-1905)

Muhammad ‘Abduh (1849-1905)

Remembering the Legacy of a Pioneering Egyptian Reformist Thinker   Dr Tauseef Ahmad Parray During the 19th century, half of the Islamic world passed under the formal colonial rule of European states—which were militarily and economically mighty countries and thus ruled and controlled vast Muslims lands. The reaction of the Islamic intelligentsia to this overpowering […]

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

The typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any more. In the case of the Middle East, the news narrative has been defined by others and dictated on Arab journalists and audiences for far too […]

Pakistan denies reports of troops deployed in Qatar

Pakistan denies reports of troops deployed in Qatar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Sunday rejected as “fabricated and baseless” reports that it plans to deploy its troops in Qatar amid diplomatic tensions in the Middle East. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria rejected reports appearing in some foreign media regarding deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar. He said these were “completely fabricated and baseless”. […]

Saudi shuts Al-Jazeera office in Qatar row: ministry

Saudi shuts Al-Jazeera office in Qatar row: ministry

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia today shut the local office of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera global news channel after the kingdom and other Arab states severed ties with the emirate. “The Ministry of Information closed the office of the Al-Jazeera channel and withdrew the licence it was granted,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported. It accused the channel of […]

A View from Turkey: No More Cries in the Islamic world

A View from Turkey: No More Cries in the Islamic world

Harun Yahya Wherever we turn our attention it is almost inevitable that at some point we come face to face with some form of conflict in the Middle East. Even Turkey, which had adopted the policy of zero problems with its neighbors, ultimately has become entangled in disagreements with many of the countries nearby. Despite […]

Saudi Arabia permits China to set up first drone factory in Middle East

Saudi Arabia permits China to set up first drone factory in Middle East

BEIJING: Saudi Arabia has permitted a Chinese firm to set up a factory to manufacture hunter-killer aerial drones for the first time in the Middle East, in a boost to China’s drone manufacturing industry. Saudi Arabia’s key science and technology or-ganisation has confirmed that one of the deals sealed during Saudi King Salman’s visit to […]