Throughout the last century Orientalism has been the subject of critical attention for both Orientalists and Arab thinkers alike, irrespective of their methodological and ideological backgrounds. The goal of this research paper is not to investigate the vast polemical responses to Orientalism, since these have been well documented, but to shed light on the significant transformation occurring in the field of Orientalism in the aftermath of World War II. Even major scholars who have made major contributions to the critique of Orientalism, have at best devoted a few paragraphs of their voluminous works to this topic. For this reason, this paper attempts to highlight critical links left unexplored in well-respected and ground-breaking works on Orientalism, and to observe the drive towards Area Studies in the period post-World War II.
Egyptian scholar Amr Othman uses the events of the January 25 Revolution in Egypt to pose a number of broader questions about historical knowledge and historiography: Who produces historical knowledge, why and through which methods?
This paper offers a novel perspective on the concept of freedom of conscience in Islam and the rules of apostasy in which the author, Yehya Jad revises the notion of the death penalty for the apostate. Jad’s argument affirms that freedom of belief and the freedom to remain in the Muslim community or to abandon it are guaranteed by several Quranic verses. The author interprets the application of the apostasy rule during the days of the Prophet as having been related to the apostates’ joining the infidel camp and battling Muslims.
This study attempts to examine the perpetual political usage of the tribe, and is concerned with the ways in which the tribe has been politically exploited in the processes of political change in the region, specifically in relation to democratic transition..
Answering questions about the situation in Libya is never going to be easy, especially given the power of the media, both international and local, to distort facts on the ground, and peddle misleading terminology
Since the beginning of March 2011, Iran has been witnessing a debate over the matter of the return of Imam Mahdi , and related theological and theoretical issues. The issue began with the distribution by the Mubashiran Zhuhur Institution of hundreds of thousands of CDs, titled “The Reappearance is Nigh”, predicting that the world is on the brink of the advent of the twelfth Imam, al-Mahdi Bin al-Hassan al-Askari.