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Why the reformist Sheikh of al-Azhar is now labelled conservative/ G.Fahmi

Many Egyptian intellectuals celebrated the appointment of Ahmed Al-Tayeb as head of al-Azhar in March 2010. With his Sufi background and his career in education as a professor of philosophy who studied in France, Al-Tayeb was presented as a reformist scholar who could lead a renewal process in Egypt’s oldest religious institution. This image was […]

Just fall, that is all – the latest stage in the Sudanese uprising

Since mid-December demonstrations on the streets of Sudan have been held against the present regime and its poor management of the country’s economic and natural resources. For months the Sudanese have experienced food shortages, increasing inflation and declining access to fuel, and after 30 years of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rule they are now calling […]

After ISIS? Remember before ISIS!

The majority of speculation on the future of ISIS sees it as a central organisation that has been masterminding global jihad. We tend to forget that jihadism and terrorism predate ISIS by 20 years. There are in fact three “theatres of operations” where ISIS has been the dominant factor since 2014, corresponding to three different […]

Why a BLOG?

Welcome to our new channel! The MEDirections blog is a space where our Research Community can have the opportunity to express opinions, give comments on news, events and developments, tell stories and generally share their points of view in a sharp and non-academic format. Whereas the Medirections website http://middleeastdirections.eu/ is the Programme’s official interface, our blog […]