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Comment: The myth of American exceptionalism finally came tumbling down on January 6. Biden's success rests on his ability to lead America's reckoning with itself, writes Zaina Ujayli.

As the US picks itself up after a night of violence in the Capitol Building, some pundits are being criticised for Orientalist takes on the drama.

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

Diana Alghoul

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

Book Club: In Hijab and Red Lipstick, Yousra Imran alchemises her trauma into a semi-autobiographical novel that was hard to put down.

Disney's Mulan is an insult to Uighurs, Muslims everywhere

Aniqah Choudhri

Disney's Mulan is an insult to Uighurs, Muslims everywhere

Comment: Disney's new Mulan employs lazy and offensive stereotypes of Arabs, and is filmed on the very same lands where China is persecuting ...

Top five Ramadan podcasts to beat the lockdown blues

Diana Alghoul

Top five Ramadan podcasts to beat the lockdown blues

Many Muslims are starting their own podcasts or series to share the knowledge they have. Here's a list of some Islamic-themed podcasts to listen ...

Zarqa Parvez

Why we need to talk about othering and belonging

Comment: It's high time we abandoned the 'us' and 'them' paradigm in favour of a more inclusive approach, writes Zarqa Parvez.

Wilson Dizard

Saudi boycott: Minaj shows western leaders how it's done

Comment: Nicki Minaj's decision not to perform in Saudi Arabia shows she has more of a backbone than most western leaders, writes Will Dizard.

The New Arab

FIFA vows more Palestinian football pitches at controversial summit

The FIFA chief ignored calls by the head of the Palestine Football Association to boycott a US-led economic workshop in Bahrain, instead vowing ...

Daoud Kuttab

Orientalism and hypocrisy take centre stage in Bahrain

Comment: The entire premise of the US-led 'Peace to Prosperity' economic workshop in Bahrain reflects a paternalistic colonial attitude towards ...

Aladdin: A whole new world for diversity in Hollywood

Ruby Hamad

Aladdin: A whole new world for diversity in Hollywood

Comment: For the first time in 100 years of seeing Arabs mocked, demonised, or ridiculed on the silver screen, Aladdin is a clear step forward, ...

Nusrat Sidiq

Women of change in restive Kashmir

Feature: Despite three decades of conflict, women in Kashmir continue to challenge the hardship in their country to make something of themselves.

Restating <em>Orientalism</em>: A welcome critique of Said's classic

Usman Butt

Restating Orientalism: A welcome critique of Said's classic

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

Rihanna's Moroccan Spice eyeshadow: Shades of cheap Arab tokenism

Ruqaya Izzidien

Rihanna's Moroccan Spice eyeshadow: Shades of cheap Arab tokenism

Comment: It's a slippery slope between appreciation and appropriation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Deport, deprive, extradite: Terror suspects and the security state

Malia Bouattia

Deport, deprive, extradite: Terror suspects and the security state

Book review: Nisha Kapoor's book exposes how racialised subjects are dehumanised, and how the state's securitisation agenda seeks to police and ...

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Khaled Diab

Bernard Lewis: The clash of civilisations that never was

Comment: Lewis' 'clash of the civilisations' theory made him the orientalist of choice for America's neo-conservative establishment, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Bernard Lewis, controversial Middle East scholar, dies aged 101

The late scholar was accused by detractors of Orientalism and being the embodiment of Western imperialism in the Middle East.

Usman Butt

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

Book review: Irwin revisits the Arab world's most famous thinker, and tries to dismantle the idea of him as a modern man living in premodern ...

The New Arab

Lebanese slam upcoming 'orientalist, trashy' Hollywood film 'Beirut'

Beirut is an upcoming fictional film set in 1982 Lebanon, a time of the country’s civil war. But the Lebanese are not happy about the Hollywood ...

Umar Lateef Misgar

Edward Said: The legacy of an exile

Comment: Monday marks the fourteenth anniversary of the passing of the visionary Palestinian academic. His influence changed postcolonial ...

This activist asked Twitter about experiences of racism

The New Arab

This activist asked Twitter about experiences of racism

People began to discuss instances in which they were jokingly referred to as terrorists, orientalised, fetishised and had their ethnic ...

Charlie Hoyle

Remembering the powerful legacy of Jack Shaheen

Jack Shaheen was a pioneer in challenging and exposing racial and ethnic stereotypes of Arab-Americans, exposing deep-rooted ...

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

David Powell

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

Comment: There was nothing inevitable about the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Instead, it was a product of the regime's 'divide and ...

Middle East sectarianism is a self-inflicted wound

Gehad Quisay

Middle East sectarianism is a self-inflicted wound

Book review: 'Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East' is a refreshing challenge to the popular essentialist view of sect ...

How Islamophobes missed the joke in Malaysian hijabi parody-ad

Diana Alghoul

How Islamophobes missed the joke in Malaysian hijabi parody-ad

For the Internet, context seemed unnecessary. In fact, how dare anyone ask for context when seeing this image of this poor veiled woman in a ...

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