Diwaniyya is the Arabic word for "informal council." It connotes open discussion, and a 'meeting of the minds.' At the MDC, the Diwaniyya blog serves as a platform for interns and graduate students to present their personal research, to explore new ideas, and to "drill down" into particular areas in an effort to stimulate conversation about interesting and important contemporary Middle Eastern issues.
Though select issues will be published directly on the MDC website, please visit the Diwaniyya blog site for access to all issues and associated podcasts.
Diwaniyya is supervised and edited by Dr. Joel Parker.
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MDC Summer 2016 intern Hannah Nowikow explores the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
MDC Intern Jaclyn Shaw writes about challenges facing Palestinian women, and the efforts of civil society organizations to improve the opportunities available to them.
Intern Marie-Sophie Roeder examines the phenomenon of abductions as practiced by opposition groups in Syria.