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The Battle for the Soul of Islam: Will the real reformer of the faith stand up?
Saudi and Emirati efforts to define ‘moderate’ Islam as socially more liberal while being subservient to an autocratic ruler is as much an endeavour to ensure regime survival and bolster aspirations to lead the Muslim world as it is an attempt to fend off challenges rooted in diverse strands of religious ultra-conservatism.
Ukraine crisis could produce an unexpected winner: Iran
UAE schoolbooks earn high marks for cultural tolerance, even if that means praising China
Putin’s post-Soviet world remains a work in progress, but Africa already looms
Kazakhstan, like Ukraine, spotlights the swapping of the rule of law for the law of the jungle
Kazakhstan has lessons for the Gulf
Saudi diplomacy needs flesh on its skeleton of sports and religion
Saudi and Emirati religious moderation inspires few beyond their borders
Is Kazakhstan Russia’s next Ukraine?
Qatar, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but unlike Kuwait, cleanses its textbooks
Pakistan revamps education at the point of a gun
Christmas arrives in Saudi Arabia as kingdom plays catch-up in religious soft power rivalry
Are Arab militias losing their usefulness for Iran?
Qatar World Cup sparks culture controversies
China’s BRI crown jewel joins the era of defiance and dissent
Playing cat and mouse: UAE energy company agrees to build power plants in Iran
Saudi Arabia targets banned ultra-conservative proselytisers
Pakistan slips on a slippery slope of religious militancy
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? That is the question with contradictory US human rights policies towards Saudi Arabia and Iran
Middle Eastern autocrats sigh relief: the US signals Democracy Summit will not change policy
Saudi religious moderation is as much pr as it is theology
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