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Abdullah Hamidaddin
Abdullah Hamidaddin

Abdullah Hamidaddin is a writer and commentator on religion, Middle Eastern societies and politics with a focus on Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He is currently a PhD candidate in King’s College London. He can be followed on Twitter: @amiq1

Re-inventing Saudi Arabia

A nation is an invention, a useful invention as it brings people of various backgrounds together. It gives them a set of interests common to all of them. But because it is an invention it has to be...

A window for Iranian-Gulf relations?

What if Washington and Tehran became closer?  How will that influence the security of the Gulf nations? This question could be considered of timely importance due to the various positive...

How to kill a terrorist

On May 23, 2013 in a wonderful speech, that is yet to be translated into action, President Obama declared an end to the Global War on Terror (GWOT) which the U.S. has been waging since the early days...

Literary stars sign Israel petition, posing a dilemma

A couple of days ago I read an article in Haaretz about a petition that was penned last June by Israeli author David Grossman. The petition has already attracted dozens of “the world’s...

The sanctity of life, lost in politics

Hundreds of people have fallen dead in Egypt and many more have been injured. Most were supporters of the deposed President Mohammed Mursi, many were allies of the government and a number were...

Drowning out the drones in Yemen?

The past few days, drones had been hovering over Yemen and killing innocent people and militant suspects. And then this Thursday President Obama sent a greeting to the Muslim world on the occasion of...

Dear politician, let’s talk morality

Morality in the realm of politics is difficult. More than often a political leader is faced with conflicting options each of which is morally challenging and each pressing for a decision. Lives are...

Our spiritual rat race

One of the most complaints I hear when discussing religion with some of my friends and acquaintances is a sense of spiritual dryness. More than often I hear that the rituals they perform are without...