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Usman Butt


Usman Butt is multimedia television researcher, filmmaker and writer based in London. Usman read International Relations and Arabic Language at the University of Westminster and completed a Master of Arts in Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

Book Club: Reclaiming Home: The struggle for socially just housing, land and property rights in Syria, Iraq and Libya, offers insights into how property loss impacts those in conflict.

20 February, 2020

Comment: Foreign YouTubers with thousands of subscribers are presenting sanitized view of a country still reeling from a devastating war, writes Usman Butt.

18 February, 2020

Book Club: Slavery & Islam aims to understand the history of enslavement in Islamic traditions and Muslim societies.

15 October, 2019

Book Club: Zahra Ayubi explores this tension within Islamic philosophy and ethics in her new book Gendered Morality.

04 September, 2019

Book Club: This book helps us look at knowledge production in the medieval Muslim world in a new light and resolve the tension of the supposed lack of Fatimid archive.

21 August, 2019

Book Club: Stacy D. Fahrenthold’s new book offers insight into the politics of migrant communities and their connections to their countries of origin, reviews Usman Butt.

09 May, 2019

Book Club: Haian Dukhan's book, State and Tribes in Syria: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns, provide a useful introduction into thinking about how to discuss tribal politics.

06 March, 2019

Book Club: Juan Cole, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, sets out to explore the historical background of Islam in his new book, reviewed by Usman Butt.

19 December, 2018

Book Club: Edward Said revolutionised they we way think about representations of the Middle East, but he had little background in the study of history, notes Usman Butt.

21 September, 2018

Book Club: This is a compelling story about conflict and displacement, that teaches us about the importance of optimism, writes Usman Butt.

11 August, 2018