Every so often, OMER receives an insightful submission that does not fit in the printed journal, but that deserves to be read. These policy pieces and research articles are posted on our blog. They are edited by OMER’s editors, but not always peer reviewed.
By Ella Williams* Abstract: This article addresses the issue of sexual violence against women in Morocco, including the legal, social, and cultural barriers facing women victims of sexual violence and the role of the media in perpetuating discourses of blame and shame. Drawing on fieldwork carried out in Rabat, she provides an in-depth exploration of #Masaktach, a Moroccan civil society…
Memories and Narrations of “Nations” Past: Accounts of Early Migrants from Kerala in the Gulf in the Post-Oil Era
by M. H. Ilias This research paper delves into the migration experiences of South Indian labourers in Gulf states during the late twentieth century.
by Chris Hitchcock This research paper offers an insightful window into the late Ottoman era by exploring the intersection of politics and literature represented in the works of the poet Ma’rūf al-Ruṣāfī.
The Quest for Islam in a Virtual Maze: How the Internet is Shaping Religious Knowledge among Young Muslims in Berlin-Kreuzberg
by Ines Gassal-Bosch This research paper provides a nuanced account on the manner in which Islam is approached and accessed by second-generation Muslim communities in Germany through a case study in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
by Harrison Akins This policy brief explores the evolving security challenges emanating from the Middle East in a post-9/11 environment.
Rehearsing Revolution : How Live Action Role Playing Contributes to the Palestinian Resistance Movement
by Johanna Svanelind Since its introduction to Palestine in 2011, LARP (Live Action Role-Playing) has been subverted and adapted by local groups in order to create authentic Palestinian forms of LARP. This article explores how LARP can be used as a tool of resistance, in ways similar to that of Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre or ‘Izz al-Din al-Madani’s recreation of…