This week on the Monkey Cage (click names for articles):

Toby Matthiesen of the University of Cambridge evaluates sectarianism after the Saudi mosque bombings in Qatif and Dammam City.

Michael Danti of Boston University urges us to consider why the Islamic State’s annihilation of ancient cultures matters.

Kristen Kao of UCLA shows how tribes have become an integral element of Arab regime-maintenance strategies.

David B. Roberts of King’s College, London explains how the recent royal reshuffling in Saudi Arabia breaks the rules of succession.

A.Kadir Yildirim of Furman University explains how a Kurdish party straddling Turkey’s electoral threshold could be a game changer. 

 

Week in Review: Islamic State in Palmyra and Saudi Arabia

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