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Hassan Al-Mustafa

Hassan Al-Mustafa is a Saudi writer and researcher interested in Islamic movements, the development of religious discourse and the relationship between the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Iran. Twitter: @Halmustafa

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Confronting the roots of violence in religious discourse

Investigations are continuing into Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old American of Lebanese origin accused of repeatedly stabbing the novelist Salman Rushdie in an attack at a New York literary event.

August 24, 2022

Chaos and violence threaten Iraq due to political stalemate

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, is apparently adamant about drawing a new political road map in Iraq, even if doing so requires him to rely on his wide popular base by directing his supporters who are sitting in and around the Iraqi parliament within the Green Zone.

August 07, 2022

Founding Day a reflection of Saudi Arabia’s deep-rooted history

King Salman last month issued a royal decree that declared Feb. 22 every year an official countrywide holiday to commemorate the nation’s “Founding Day” — a decision that was far from being normal protocol.

February 21, 2022

Afghan fiasco will have repercussions in Iraq and beyond

In a recent speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah described US President Joe Biden’s decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan as an American defeat. “All eyes have turned toward the US occupations in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

August 26, 2021

Khamenei will control Iran policy no matter who is president

During a televised speech to the members of Iran’s parliament last week, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urged all citizens to participate in the June 18 presidential election, warning against “those who promote voting abstention” and saying “they do not sympathize with the people.”

May 31, 2021