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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sultan Al Qassemi on Atheism in the Gulf States

Commentator/Analyst Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi seems to enjoy provoking controversy; remember the debate over his claim that Gulf cities are replacing the old Arab centers of Cairo and Beirut and Damascus? That produced a lot of heated disputation last October.

Well, I suspect he has tossed another fox into the henhouse with this piece at Al-Monitor (which is also where the cities piece appeared): "Gulf atheism in the age of social media."

It's an interesting piece, and dares to raise a subject that is even more taboo than sex or political change.

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