Albert Hourani’s Impact
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Matthew Smith, Charles Ough, Paul Dresch, Eugene Rogan, Marilyn Booth
1y ago
2022 is the 60th anniversary of the publication of Albert Hourani’s magnum opus Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939. Matthew Smith and Charles Ough sit down with Professor Marilyn Booth, Professor Emeritus Paul Dresch (Albert’s last two DPhil Students), and Professor Eugene Rogan to discuss Albert Hourani the man, the scholar, and the advisor, and his impact on the field of Middle East Studies ..read more
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Developments in Jordan
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Piotr Schulkes, Guy Fiennes, Matthew Smith
2y ago
An explanation and discussion of the modern history and recent political developments in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Piotr Schulkes, Guy Fiennes, and Matthew Smith highlight important topics such as Palestinian refugees, the royal family, and the politics of foreign intervention in the Kingdom ..read more
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2022 New Year’s Episode
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by Piotr Schulkes, Guy Fiennes, Isabella Cibelli Du Terroil, Oliver Franks, Kalyani Nedungadi, Matthew Smith, Adam Abdalla
2y ago
The entire Almanac team gets together to discuss what they believe was the most important event in the region over the past year, something they are watching for in the region in 2022, and their favorite book on the Middle East. People featured: Piotr Schulkes, Guy Fiennes, Isabella Cibelli Du Terroil, Oliver Franks, Kalyani Nedungadi, Matthew Smith, Adam Abdalla ..read more
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Graffiti, music, and football ultras: expressing dissent in MENA (Middle East and North Africa)
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Kalyani Nedungadi, Piotr Schulkes, Adam Abdalla
2y ago
Piotr Schulkes, Adam Abdallah, and Kalyani Nedungadi discuss non-official ways in expressing dissent, comparing Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, and Palestine. They highlight the role of music and graffiti, and the unique position football ultras have in MENA culture ..read more
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Independence and Colonialism in the Western Sahara
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Piotr Schulkes, Helna Murphy, Hajar Meddah, Felix Walker
3y ago
Piotr Schulkes, Helna Murphy, Hajar Meddah, and Felix Walker discuss the recent development in the Western Sahara, caused by America’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the territory. They give an overview over the area’s history, the foreign actors involved, and what the future might hold ..read more
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History, politics, and Anecdotes with Eugene Rogan
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by Piotr Schulkes, Eugene Rogan
3y ago
Piotr Schulkes and Eugene Rogan discuss the importance of history in contemporary Middle Eastern politics, how the West discusses the region, and a number of stories from Rogan’s time at Oxford ..read more
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Lebanon’s Economic and political crisis
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Michael Memari, Felix Walker, Piotr Schulkes
3y ago
Piotr Schulkes, Felix Walker, and Michael Memari cover the ongoing crises in Lebanon’s political and economic systems. They discuss the importance of the confessionalist system in perpetuating the corruption and dependency structures that have hollowed out the Lebanese state, the role of foreign actors, and what the country might face in the future ..read more
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New Year’s Episode
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by Piotr Schulkes, Helena Murphy, Frederike Brockhoven, Max Randall, Rose Johnson, Hajar Meddah, Felix Walker, Michael Memari
3y ago
The whole team gets together to discuss what their moment of note of 2020 was, what they are looking out for in 2021, and what their favourite book on the Middle East is ..read more
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Child abuse and dancing boys in Afghanistan
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Piotr Schulkes, Rose Johnson, Max Randall
3y ago
Piotr Schulkes, Rose Johnson, and Max Randall dive into the phenomenon of the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. They discuss the parallels which can be found in Persian and Sufi poetry, why it has seen a resurgence the last decades, and how it cannot be separated from the socioeconomic conditions of the country today ..read more
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Avi Shlaim on Revisionist History and Israel
Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast
by Avi Shlaim, Piotr Schulkes
3y ago
Piotr Schulkes and Avi Shlaim, Fellow of the British Academy, sit down to discuss Israel’s New Historians; who they are, what they believe, and the popular reception to it. They also cover the role of history in Israeli politics, the significance of the Oslo Accords, and what Prime Minister Netanyahu has meant for historical research in Israel ..read more
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