Monthly Archives: February 2013

Qatar and Oman Pull Out of Gulf Drama Festival in Riyadh Due to Ban on Music and Women with al Sharq The ban on women and music has led two delegations to withdraw from the Gulf University Drama Festival being hosted this week at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, the daily al-Sharq reported. The newspaper said that the … Continue reading

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Canceled Conference Revives Concerns About Academic Freedom in the Gulf

source: The London School of Economics and Political Science abruptly canceled an academic conference on the Arab Spring it planned to hold over the weekend at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, citing “restrictions imposed … Continue reading

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Orientalist Love at Oxford. Bodleian Library hosts exhibition “Love and Devotion: From Persia and beyond.”

A wonderful exhibition of orientalist manuscripts entitled “Love and Devotion: From Persia and beyond” is currently on display at the Old Schools Building of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Some sixty books and plates from the Library’s rich collection are … Continue reading

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To What Extent Is Twitter Changing Gulf Societies?

In this article, which was first published last year in the magazine “State of the region”, of Cairo’s Al Ahram Centre, Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, looks at how, in the absence of more traditional form of … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi to mark 250th anniversary of historic Qasr el Hosn

Source: Legend has it that sometime in the 1761 Bedouin hunters followed a deer all the way from Liwa to the shores of what was to become Abu Dhabi which, in translation, means the “father of the deer”. When … Continue reading

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