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New Funding Secured
New Funding Secured 28th Jun 2022

SEPAD is delighted to announce that it has secured a third round of funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Running until June 2025, this project builds on findings from previous grants in an effort to better under...

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Social Theory: Giorgio Agamben
Social Theory: Giorgio Agamben 27th Jun 2022

By Simon Mabon

In the summer of 2013 I sat in the home of a man who in the years that followed would become a close friend. The man, a former Member of Parliament in Bahrain, welcomed me into his home during Ramada...

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Social Theory: Antonio Gramsci
Social Theory: Antonio Gramsci 24th Jun 2022

A Gramscian Toolkit for the Middle East.[1]

Contribution by Bassel F. Salloukh...

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Social Theory: Henri Lefebvre
Social Theory: Henri Lefebvre 22nd Jun 2022

Contribution by Deen Sharp (LSE)

Henri Lefebvre has transformed how we understand the spatial transformations that capitalism entails, namely its production of urban space, and the everyday struggles to transform i...

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Call for Papers (Annual Conference): What does it mean to belong?
Call for Papers (Annual Conference): What does it mean to belong? 17th Jun 2022

In the decade after the Arab Uprisings, the nature of political life has changed dramatically. Amidst shifting lines of inclusion and exclusion cutting across states, sects, tribes and ethnicities, critically reflecting on ideas of belongin...

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Writing Critical Race Theory into Desectarianization Discourse: Between State Repression and Free Speech in Iraq
Writing Critical Race Theory into Desectarianization Discourse: Between State Repression and Free Speech in Iraq 17th Jun 2022

“In Iraq, talk about muhasassa ta’ifiyya is nothing but a lie. In reality, there is party-based muhasassa under the guise of representation. […] The state is the responsibility of all state institutions—the executive, legislati...

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Structural Violence in Bahrain: At the Intersection of Sectarianism and Sexism
Structural Violence in Bahrain: At the Intersection of Sectarianism and Sexism 7th Jun 2022

This is an essay produced by Lucia Fernandez Moreno. A version of this was submitted for her degree at Lancaster University. It features art by Mariam Mabrouk, another Lancaster University student. 


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Understanding Salafism in Iranian Sunnism
Understanding Salafism in Iranian Sunnism 19th May 2022

A special guest blog post by Mansour Anbarmoo.

The analysis of sectarian difference in the Middle East emanating from the West has long focused on its impact on political life in divided societies, or its relationship to ge...

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Publications and Activities - May 2022
Publications and Activities - May 2022 13th May 2022

Our Fellows have produced a large number of articles over the past six months and here are some highlights.

Haian Dukhan

Dukhan, H. (2022) “ Read More