Qifa Nabki is a blog about Lebanese politics written by Elias Muhanna, a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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Aoun and the Future

A couple of years ago, shortly before the end of President Michel Sleiman’s term in office, I wrote an essay asking why Lebanon needed a President, given the relative powerlessness of the position. Here’s the payoff paragraph: Twenty-five years after Ta’if inaugurated Lebanon’s Second Republic and nearly nine years after the...

Nov 22, 2016, 11:31 PM
The Geography of Small Places

Hello, everyone. This blog has been a little sleepy for the past year or so, as I’ve wrapped up the long-running book projects that have kept me so preoccupied. With those now off my desk, I thought I’d try turning the crank and seeing if everything still runs here the way it used to. Here’s … Continue reading →

Nov 18, 2016, 7:38 PM
What is Islam? A Review

A significant new book by my late professor, Shahab Ahmed, was recently published by Princeton University Press.  The book is entitled What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic, and I have written a review and a profile of its remarkable author for The Nation. The first few paragraphs are below, followed by a link to the rest of the...

Dec 26, 2015, 8:13 PM


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