Summary: Sheikh al-Qaradawi has died leaving behind a complex and controversial legacy.
Summary: the Sunni Arab world has trouble coming to terms with its past and imagining its future. A new kind of pan-Arabism could be the next ideology to drive the revolution forward.
Summary: Rasha Al Aqeedi celebrates the joys of Arab cuisine while reserving a special place at the table for her favourite dish.
Summary: new research shows that gender plays a significant role in Palestinian politics, an important fact that has been otherwise overlooked when assessing support for Hamas and Fatah.
At number five in the top ten, Beyond the two-state solution was aired 22 October 2021. Jonathan Kuttab is co-founder of Nonviolence International and of the Palestinian human rights group, Al Haq. A well known international human rights attorney, he has practiced in the US, Palestine and Israel. He serves on the board of Bethlehem Bible College and is President of the Board of Holy Land Trust.
Coming in at number nine in our all-time Arab Digest top ten is Annelle Sheline’s podcast The Weaponisation of Moderate Islam, first broadcast 30 July 2021. Annelle is a Research Fellow in the Middle East program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and an expert on religious and political authority in the Middle East and North Africa.
This podcast conversation aired 14 May 2021 as violence flared in the wake of Israeli security forces actions at Al Aqsa mosque and the attempted eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the East Jerusalem quarter of Sheikh Jarrah. Jordan’s Prince Hassan has long advocated on behalf of interfaith and humanitarian issues with particular stress on the human dimension of conflicts.
Arab Digest editor William Law’s guest this week is the editor in chief of The International Interest, Sami Hamdi. Sami looks beyond the headlines in the Western media about that fist bump. He argues instead that President Joe Biden’s trip to Jeddah to meet with the Saudi crown prince had almost nothing to do with human rights and was much more about his own domestic political challenges, his efforts to reinforce relations with Israel and the attempt to keep alive his hopes for a deal with Iran.
Summary: Joe Biden is beginning a three day visit that is likely to deliver little and may well serve only to underline perceptions among both allies and enemies that American power and influence is continuing on a downward trajectory.
Summary: a brief statement issued on US Independence Day elided comfortably with the Israeli version of the killing of the journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.