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A New Holiday Heralds a More Complex Understanding of Saudi Arabia’s Origins

A New Holiday Heralds a More Complex Understanding of Saudi Arabia’s Origins

The kingdom’s new Foundation Day plays down the false idea that the Saudi state legitimized itself through Wahhabism, with political authority divided between the ruling Al Saud dynasty and the religious establishment, and helps to reveal how it gained its legitimacy via a hybrid normative tradition that included Arabist and Salafist elements.

More Than Meets the Eye: Looking Twice at the History of Eyeliner — With Zahra Hankir

More Than Meets the Eye: Looking Twice at the History of Eyeliner — With Zahra Hankir

“There’s more to eyeliner than meets the eye,” Zahra Hankir, author of “Eyeliner: A Cultural History,” tells New Lines’ Ola Salem. “This is not just a makeup product. It carries within it so much meaning that goes far beyond beauty. … Historically and through the centuries, eyeliner has been used…

How the UK’s Propaganda Won Cold War Allies in Kenya

How the UK’s Propaganda Won Cold War Allies in Kenya

As King Charles’ recent visit to Kenya suggests, the U.K. is beginning to acknowledge the violence of its actions during decolonization. But a focus on successful nationalist heroes over campaigns for wider social change continues a long-standing policy of allying with moderate elites.

Fires Threaten Africa’s Rainforest. Elephants Might Help To Save It

Fires Threaten Africa’s Rainforest. Elephants Might Help To Save It

After decades of poaching pushed the Central African Republic’s forest elephant populations to critically endangered status, scientists are starting to understand the crucial role they play in keeping the rainforest safe from fires. But can the species be brought back from the brink?

In Georgia, a Standoff Between Leftists and Authorities

In Georgia, a Standoff Between Leftists and Authorities

A solemn crowd gathered as daylight faded — a mix of anarchists, prison abolitionists, anti-fascists and environmentalists. They had been trying to stop construction of a police training facility known as Cop City, but the bloodshed seemed to be changing the movement into something broader and more unpredictable.