The Enigma of Dubai

In Dubai's path to modernization, appearances can be deceiving.

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First-time visitors to Dubai get the impression that they about to enter to an austere Islamic city with strict codes of conduct. They are warned against things like public displays of affection, using profane language and eating in public during Ramadan. It doesn’t take long to realize, however, that these taboos are merely a veneer […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.