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“Reading the Middle East with Gilles Kepel” is Al-Monitor‘s newest podcast, where renowned French scholar Gilles Kepel interviews the ground-breaking authors and thought leaders who are both shaping and explaining the complex trends in the Middle East and Islamic world. Kepel, one of Europe‘s leading experts on Islamism, the Middle East and North Africa, is a professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Paris (Sciences Po). His numerous books — which include ”Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam,” ”The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West,” ”Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East,” and ”The Prophet and the Pandemic” — have been translated into seventeen languages.

August 1, 2022

Moroccan novelist Zineb Mekouar discusses her debut novel “La Poule et son Cumin”


Zineb Mekouar was born in Casablanca. She studied at the French international school Lycée Lyautey and later graduated from Science Po and HEC Paris before launching her career in strategic consulting, serving in the campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron. Her debut novel “La Poule et son Cumin” (The Hen and its Cumin) tells the story of two radically opposed young Moroccan women and highlights the social and political divisions of contemporary Morocco. Mekouar was nominated in 2022 for the “First Novel” award by the renowned French literary organization Goncourt Academy.

 

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July 11, 2022

Daniel Yergin explains how the Ukraine war and the Middle East are impacting The New Map in global politics


Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of S&P Global, is an authority on energy, international politics and economics. Attending Yale University and receiving his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, Yergin in 1983 founded Cambridge Energy Associates. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his work “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power.” His latest book, “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” was dubbed by NRP as “A masterclass on how the world works”.

 

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May 26, 2022

Israeli-French filmmaker Amos Gitai talks about his celebrated body of work that examines the Arab-Israeli conflict, traumas of war and celebration of life amid adversity


Israeli-French filmmaker Amos Gitai is internationally known for documentaries and feature films about the Middle East and broader Arab-Israeli conflict. As an architecture student in the 1970s, Gitai was wounded during the Yom Kippur War. The experience encouraged him to switch careers and begin making films. He has since created over 90 works of art including feature and short films, documentaries and theater performances. He has been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Golden Lion award at the Venice International Film Festival. His stories delve into the traumas of war and celebration of life in the face of adversity. 

 

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April 28, 2022

Turkey’s first Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk discusses his new novel, delving into the psychology of a pandemic


Born in Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk rose to become one of Turkey’s most prominent novelists. His works have sold over 11 million copies worldwide and have been translated into sixty-three languages. In 2006, Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming Turkey’s first-ever Nobel laureate. His latest novel “Veba Geceleri” (“The Nights of the Plague”) examines the psychology of a pandemic and bridging feelings of loneliness with the details and “beauties of life.”

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March 30, 2022

Louvre Abu Dhabi architect Jean Nouvel talks about incorporating Arabian elements in Parisian buildings


Speaking to Gilles Kepel from the Arab World Institute in Paris, renowned French architect Jean Nouvel talks about his experience designing world-famous buildings throughout the Middle East — including in Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia — as well as adapting Arabian architectural elements into Parisian projects under the principle that “all architecture is local.”

February 22, 2022

Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa discusses the risks to independent media and dealing with Abu Sayyaf, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in southeast Asia


Maria Ressa, co-founder, president and CEO of Rappler, the top digital news site leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines, discusses the challenges to independent journalists, especially women, in southeast Asia, the Middle East and worldwide; the impact of hi tech social media companies in stifling free media; her experiences covering Abu Sayyaf, and how terrorist organizations exploited social media platforms to promote violence; and more. Ressa, author of the forthcoming Standing up to a Dictator and other books, won the 2021 Noble Peace Prize for her “freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country.” 

 

Rappler:
https://www.rappler.com/ 

 

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January 26, 2022

Prince Turki Al Faisal discusses his role in ’The Afghanistan File,’ chronicling Saudi Arabia’s involvement with Afghanistan from 1979-2001


HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, who served as head of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate from 1979-2001, discusses his book, The Afghanistan File, reflecting on the early support for the Mujahideen against the Soviet occupation, the rise to power of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and their threats to the kingdom and the West, and his meetings with Osama bin Laden.

 

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies:
https://www.kfcris.com/en

 

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December 15, 2021

Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi discusses Building Sharjah, the story of the evolution of modern architecture in the UAE’s third largest city


Emirati columnist, researcher and founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi speaks with Gilles about his book, Building Sharjah, co-edited with Todd Reisz, which explores how the discovery of oil in Sharjah in the 1970s propelled the Emirati city onto the world stage, as well as the many local, Arab and Persian influences on the art and architecture of the emirate. 

 

Barjeel Art Foundation:

https://www.barjeelartfoundation.org/

 

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November 12, 2021

Martin Indyk discusses his book, Master of the Game, and reflects on Kissinger’s diplomatic legacy in the Middle East


Former US ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, special assistant to President Clinton and special envoy under President Obama for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk speaks on his latest book, Master of The Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, which is based on hours of conversations with the storied American diplomat and takes a deep dive into archival records to shed light on a watershed period in the history of the Middle East.

 

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October 6, 2021

”The eighteen days of the revolution were the best days of my life,” says Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany


Renowned Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany, author of the award winning The Yacoubian Building, discusses his experience during the Egyptian revolution and his book, The Republic of False Truths, which was released in English this year. “The Egyptians I lived with in Tahrir Square have nothing to do with the Egyptians I used to live with before the revolution," Aswany tells Gilles Kepel. "They are probably the same people, but something happened, and this something is great."

 

Biography of Alaa Al Aswany:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2069280/alaa-al-aswany/

 

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Egypt announces human rights strategy to mixed reviews

Sisi statements spark debate about status for Egyptian atheists

 

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