Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • “Others”

    “Others”

    What defines community? Defining community involves more than mere geography or demographics; community is an essence of belonging, where people share similar experiences, values, cultures, and beliefs. Every single community has an insider and outsider. MY COMMUNITY At Dickinson College, my community, there is a significant gap between insiders and outsiders. As a South Asian…

  • Where I Live: Where They Live

    Where I Live: Where They Live

    What is home? Is home the place you currently reside? or Is home a place that defines you? These are the questions that I was curious about when I was given the opportunity to speak to exchange partners attending American University of Sharjah.  Carlisle, Pennsylvania Living my whole life in Dubai, I was not really…

  • Overview of Authoritarianism and Change in the Middle East and North Africa

    Throughout the semester, we learned about various countries in the MENA region with primary focus on authoritarianism. It is difficult to say which tool is significant to learn about  authoritarianism and change in MENA because each tool has its own factor that contributes to understanding MENA regions. Let’s begin with regime type; learning about regime…

  • Monarchy In MENA

    The infamous phrase from King Henry in Shakespeare’s play “Henry IV Part II,” “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” represents exactly what it means to be a king or monarch: an immense amount of responsibility and obligations. This parallels the monarchy system in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Historically, MENA…

  • “A Siege of Salt and Sand” Feedback

    A Siege of Salt and Sand                                 “A Siege of Salt and Sand” is a documentary based on the North African nation, the Republic of Tunisia. The documentary discusses the environmental challenges that Tunisia is facing and how these challenges…

  • Rentierism in MENA

        Rentierism In The Middle East and North Africa  The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) is well known for its oil production, which significantly supports its economy. This natural resource has fueled economic growth but also raises questions regarding how oil impacts the social and political outcomes of MENA. The impact of…

  • Democratization in the Middle East and North Africa

    “Studying Democratization in the Middle East,” a piece by Lisa Anderson, examines the difficulties and complications involved in researching democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. She argues that rather than employing Western-centric ideas and presumptions, it is crucial to concentrate on the region’s own political, social, and historical context. Political scientists’ attempts to…

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