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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

How ‘Islamic’ is ISIS? This debate does not matter

The debate over ISIS and Islam is really about identity, not theology...

Turkey’s gift to Assad

From the moment the news came out, political analysts knew that it did not matter whether the Russian plane had violated Turkey's airspace. Moscow said it had not, while Ankara and its NATO allies...

Arabs must know Latin America

The idea of a Latin American-Arab summit started 10 years ago thanks to Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president. However, until now only four summits have taken place, the last in Riyadh. There...

Russia’s intervention in Syria: Is it all bad?

Russia’s intervention has made clear that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not fall...

Hope for female unemployment in Saudi Arabia?

On Monday, the Saudi government launched a new organization to address the rising problem of unemployment in the country. The Commission for Job Generation and Anti-Unemployment will report directly...

America invited Iran to the Arab world

A few days ago, U.S. Secretary John Kerry said his country would discuss options for peace in Syria, Yemen and the wider Middle East. This was seen as a quick and surprising leap in U.S.-Iranian...

The human dimensions of pilgrimage

‘There is a motive that makes pilgrimage a human practice, irrespective of religion or tradition’...

What if the Arab Spring had never happened?

They thought Arab communities could absorb the shockwaves and continue to function. And they were wrong....