Syrian Democratic Forces looking toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces, via AP James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles It’s always dangerous to make predictions about the Middle East. After all, few experts foresaw Anwar al-Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem in 1977, which led to theRead More →

Josepha Ivanka Wessels, Lund University Roiling more than a dozen major cities, young Iranians are protesting against the country’s government. They appear to be particularly angered by the country’s funding of wars in Arab countries, such as Yemen and Syria, as Iranian citizens slide towards poverty. In the city ofRead More →

Russian General Staff Chief Army General Valery Gerasimov said that there was movement of militants from the US base in Syria’s At Tanf, which is currently fully blocked by the Syrian army. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The US base in Syria’s At Tanf is fully blocked by the Syrian army, Russian General Staff Chief ArmyRead More →

Topkapi Palace Museum Paul Braterman, University of Glasgow Translations can change the course of civilisations. Caliph al-Mansour’s translation project, begun in the eighth century and accelerated under his grandson Harun al-Rashid, made available in Arabic scholarly writings from Greek, Aramaic, Persian and Indian sources, and laid the foundation for theRead More →

Billie Jeanne Brownlee, University of Exeter and Maziyar Ghiabi, University of Oxford The Twitter account of Lebanon’s prime minister, Sa’ad Hariri has been inactive since November 6, just after he announced his resignation in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. Hariri justified his decision as a move to escape an assassinationRead More →