Results for Tag: Identity

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Algeria’s Media Landscape: An Overview

From the country’s independence until 1990, all of Algeria’s domestic press, television and radio outlets were state owned. Satellite television was permitted in 1987, and following the passing of the 1990 Information Code, the government ended its monopoly over the printed press.

Esra’a Al-Shafei: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Esra’a Al-Shafei envisions a society that celebrates diversity of people and ideas, and where “equality, freedom of religion and speech is the norm, instead of censorship, slavery and normalization of occupation”.

Mashrou’ Leila, the Lebanese Band Changing the Tune of Arab Pop

Mashrou’ Leila are a band on a mission to instigate change, with a lead singer who is openly gay and songs tackling taboos that very few other Arab musicians have explored. The young generation found solace in the band’s attempts to address societal problems related to daily life in Beirut.

Islam, State and Identity

The issue of national identity in Sudan has become an entrenched part of the debate around politics, war and peace, unity and disintegration. Acknowledging the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country and recognising and respecting other languages, cultures and ethnic groups will be a key factor in achieving lasting peace, and the only guarantee that no single ethnic or cultural group exploits religion and language to their socio-economic advantage.

The Hoba Hoba Spirit of Moroccan Music

Hoba Hoba Spirit has attracted an increasing number of young fans. It is now one of the most popular rock acts in Morocco, frequently playing its major festivals. They are often considered a mouthpiece of the rebellious new generation in search of an identity in the face of obscurantism and Islamic radicalism that currently plagues Arab societies.

Ennahda and the Separation of Politics from Religion

Due to the loss of consensus since 2011, the Tunisian party Ennahda set up a new political strategy. Ennahda’s electoral campaign in 2011 was largely about identity and the importance of Islamic values in society. Most of those who voted for the party in October of that year did so because of its perceived integrity and correctness, considered the highest level of Islamic devotion.

Nada Faris: the Anglowaiti

Nada Faris made the conscious decision to write in English to reach a global audience, and to avoid risking the nuances of her work getting lost in translation. Her writings shifted her perspective on writing and empowered the audience with knowledge that would make them think, question and discuss.

Tourism in Palestine

Tourism is an important but underexploited contributor to Palestinian GDP. Since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in 1994, more attention has been given to the sector, with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities dedicated to promoting tourism and maintaining archeological sites.

Mahjoubi Aherdane

Mahjoubi Aherdane, a controversial but generally liked figure, is not one man but four: politician, poet-writer, artist-painter and the oldest living icon of Morocco’s Amazigh ethnic group. Aherdane embarked on a military career to “go beyond the tribe, go higher with feet rooted in my culture”, as he put it. He is the symbol of Amazigh culture par excellence, he embodies authenticity in all its dimensions: his clothing, his gestures, his words and his way of life.

Gender Reassignment in Iran: A Growing Phenomenon

Gender reassignment is legal in Iran. Yet like in other Muslim nations, it has been a taboo there as well. The remarkable news on gender reassignment in Iran came out in 2010, when the Iranian Legal Medicine Organization (ILMO) announced that 270 Iranians have a sex change each year. Yet, several challenges remain with regards to state policies and social attitudes toward gender reassignment.