The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

By James M. Dorsey

Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title as well as Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

  1. 1.
    Myanmar-Exploiting lessons learnt in the Middle East
    12:43
  2. 2.
    Turkey signals sweeping regional ambitions
    8:31
  3. 3.
    Saudi schoolbooks-What does it take to recontextualize Islam
    11:01
  4. 4.
    Muslim scholar-Human rights policy needs to focus on religious scholars, not just activists
    10:06
  5. 5.
    Saudi moderation has its limits
    10:06
  6. 6.
    Separating the wheat from the chaff-Saudi moderation put to the test
    7:59
  7. 7.
    Concentration Camp Guides the Far Right and Islam
    12:22
  8. 8.
    Islamophobia-A fungible prop for Muslim religious soft power
    7:50
  1. 9.
    Iranians move into front line of the Middle Easts quest for religious change
    9:26
  2. 10.
    When is usury usury? Turkish fatwa casts doubt on Erdogan’s religious soft power drive
    7:53
  3. 11.
    Egypt’s Search For A Fig Leaf - Its Not The Handball World Championship
    9:44
  4. 12.
    Gulf state religious moderation falls by the wayside in Pakistan
    11:28
  5. 13.
    Erdogan positions powerful Turkish military as backbone of regional strategy
    8:07
  6. 14.
    Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of moderate Islam
    9:40
  7. 15.
    Turkey gambles in bid to rival China as a key supply chain node
    9:08
  8. 16.
    Turkish shadow boxing reflects growing rivalry with Iran
    11:22
  9. 17.
    Saudi Arabia sends Joe Biden mixed messages
    9:34
  10. 18.
    France,Belgium and Austria Move into the Frontline of a Battle for the Soul of Islam
    10:10
  11. 19.
    The Muslim world’s changing dynamics-Pakistan struggles to retain its footing
    8:09
  12. 20.
    Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads
    1:11:33
  13. 21.
    Saudi rushes to improve its image in advance of G20 and Biden
    9:12
  14. 22.
    Subtly, China pressures Gulf states to reduce regional tensions
    8:12
  15. 23.
    UAE and Israeli settlers find common ground in Jerusalem
    9:11
  16. 24.
    Ceasefire in the Caucasus opens door to rebalancing of regional power
    7:40
  17. 25.
    Conflict in Ethiopia extends the Greater Middle East’s arc of crisis
    6:55
  18. 26.
    Michael Q. Morton, "Masters of the Pearl: A History of Qatar" (Reaktion Books, 2020)
    58:13
  19. 27.
    The Qatar World Cup-Dreaming of Bridging the Gulf Rift
    5:04
  20. 28.
    US Secretary of State Pompeo set to boost Indonesian religious reform efforts
    10:11
  21. 29.
    War in the Caucasus-One more effort to shape a new world order
    8:20
  22. 30.
    Alan Chong, "Critical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020)
    54:07
  23. 31.
    The Battle for Jerusalem-Turkey’s Erdogan stakes his claim
    7:46
  24. 32.
    Changing attitudes towards religiosity-A double-edged sword for Arab rulers
    9:14
  25. 33.
    Saudi chairmanship of G20 proves to be mixed blessing
    18:29
  26. 34.
    Chinas Belt and Road pinpoints fundamental issues of our times
    10:20
  27. 35.
    Shaping Palestinian Politics - The UAE Has A Leg Up On Turkey
    8:27
  28. 36.
    The UAE-Israel deal’s historicity is in the fine print
    10:34
  29. 37.
    Controversial Israeli soccer club may be litmus test for UAE soft power ploy
    8:07
  30. 38.
    Will They or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel is the $64,000 Question
    11:05
  31. 39.
    UAE Recognition of Israel Dents Emirati Religious Soft Power
    9:44
  32. 40.
    China could signal increased engagement with Iran but doesnt
    8:58
  33. 41.
    The Tumultuous Decade: Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010-2019
    1:10:30
  34. 42.
    UAE Geopolitical Gamble Keeps Palestinian Peace Prospects on Life Support
    9:59
  35. 43.
    Pakistan-Saudi Spat-Hitting the Kingdom Where It Hurts
    10:40
  36. 44.
    Ignore at your peril-Palestine ranks high in Arab public opinion
    8:01
  37. 45.
    Playing With Fire-China Fuels Middle East Arms Race
    10:07
  38. 46.
    Whither the Arab and the Muslim world
    7:23
  39. 47.
    Rejiggering Gulf Security-China’s Game of Shadow Boxing
    9:32
  40. 48.
    Saudi Sports Diplomacy - A Train Barrelling Towards An Abyss
    9:11
  41. 49.
    Danyel Reiche and Tamir Sorek, "Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East" (Oxford UP, 2019)
    1:06:06
  42. 50.
    Danyel Reiche and Tamir Sorek, "Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East" (Oxford UP, 2019)
    1:06:06

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