Society & Culture

GCC

From Past to Present: Ghabga, Gargeean, and the Gulf’s Ramadan

In the middle of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, after the sun goes down,...

Qatar

An American University Retreats from Qatar to Texas

The undermining of America’s global role is most easily seen far from Washington—in College Station,...

Iran

Beyond Tradition: Iranians Celebrate Christmas to Defy the Regime

Iran has centuries of history and civilization, with numerous national and religious symbols, days, and...

GCC

Expats as Homegrown Heroes: The Rise of Women’s Cricket in the Gulf

Amna Sharif was born and raised in Kuwait and has lived there for all of...

Iran

The Costs and Consequences of Iran’s Brain Drain

The deteriorating conditions within Iran prompted many of its citizens to seek a better life...

UAE

Unpacking the UAE’s New National Human Rights Institution

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became the 19th country in the Middle East to establish...

GCC

How the Gulf Fell in Love with Turkish Cinema

In 2022, “Bergen,” a Turkish biopic based on the life story of the namesake singer,...

Iraq

Iraq’s Perennial Electricity Problem and its Implications for Social Stab...

The growing social unrest we see in Iraq today can be directly linked to the...

GCC

Beyond Stereotypes and Propaganda: A Look Behind the Rise of Social Media S...

This year, the People’s Choice Awards, an annual American award show that has aired since...

GCC

The Barriers Facing Gynecological and Reproductive Health Services for Wome...

After my first visit to a public sector gynecologist in Kuwait three years ago, I...

GCC

 Femicide: Regrettably, A Justifiable Crime in the GCC 

On April 20th, 2021 a gruesome murder shook Kuwait and the shock quickly reverberated among...

GCC

Political Satire in the Shadow of Censorship: Lessons from Political Cartoo...

Most discussions of civil society and state relations in the GCC states rely on the...

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