Arab-Israeli, Islam, Middle East, Monarchy, Politics, Religion, Saudi Arabia, September 11, Uncategorized

Saudi Arablia: reconciling tradition with modernity.

The Saudi regime’s main criterion for success in balancing their traditional religious values with modernization has been holding on to power. To ensure their survival as rulers of Saudi Arabia, the ruling faction of the Al-Saud family have harnessed advances in technology and embraced new techniques of governance. These transformations, which have been largely facilitated by the enormous wealth that …


Book Review, Islam, Middle East, Religion, September 11, Uncategorized

The Satements of Osama bin Laden

(Unpublished, 2005) “There is no reason, based on the information at hand, to believe bin Laden is anything other what he appears: a pious, charismatic, gentle, generous, talented, and personally courageous Muslim. As a historical figure viewed from any angle, Osama bin Laden is a great man, one who has smashed the expected unfolding of universal post-cold war peace.” This …


September 11

(Published in La Vanguardia online, translated by Alvaro Reynolds, 2001) It is exceptional that a news story produces shock waves across the world. An event like the death of Princess Diana dominated the media, at least in the United Kingdom but it was somehow parochial, pop cultural, and at times comical. Even those who lit their ‘candle in the wind’ …