Latest Publications

  • Youssef Ziedan, the Egyptian Intellectual Shaking Up Religious Beliefs

    Since winning the Arabic Booker in 2009, he has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of religious extremism and cultural decline in Egypt. His voice is one among a growing number in Egypt calling for cultural change, change that can only happen if Egyptians begin to question dearly held beliefs, especially religious ones.
  • Venom in Verse: War of Words Deepens Gulf Crisis

    Some Twitter users hailed the song for declaring loyalty to the Saudi kingdom. Others criticized the artists for aiding a propaganda campaign against Qatar, arguing that music should not serve political agendas.
  • Muslim Travellers Boost Halal Tourism in Middle East and Asia

    In an article published on Vocativ in December 2013, the most halal, ‘is determined by the availability of halal food, prayer direction indicated in room, whether they serve alcohol, and if there is a hand shower or bidet in bathroom (for ablution before prayer).
  • Who is in Charge in Lebanon? IS Evacuation Deal Highlights Security Split

    Following the announcement of the IS's evacuation deal, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah seemed to contradict this narrative, describing the victory over IS as an example of the “golden equation” of cooperation between his group, the Lebanese army and the Lebanese people, to which he suggested the Syrian army should be added. That suggestion drew pushback from political factions in Lebanon opposed to the Syrian regime.
  • From Early Beginnings to Modern-Day Shia

    Today, Shiites are divided into numerous sects, the largest being Twelver Shiism. Shiites make up the majority of the population in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain and Azerbaijan; and they constitute significant minorities in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Tanzania.
  • Alleged Israeli Air Strike on Syrian Weapons Plant Sparks Fears of Renewed Conflict

    According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the alleged Israeli air strike on 7 September 2017 killed or injured at least seven Syrian military personnel. However, such strikes have raised fears of escalating tensions between the two nations or a new war between Israel and its long-time enemy Hezbollah.
  • Controversial Gaza Leader Yahya al-Sinwar Shocks, Surprises

    Palestinians wondered whether al-Sinwar’s 24 years in Israeli prisons had affected his ability to make wise, reasonable decisions that served public interests. Furthermore, they questioned his suitability to lead Hamas, given the many years he had spent away from Palestinian society.
  • From Early Beginnings to Modern-Day Sunnism

    Today, Sunnism is by no means limited to the traditional proto-Sunni model that emerged and flourished in Islam’s early centuries. Sunni movements, institutions, independent thinkers and even ordinary Sunni individuals subscribe to various strands and schools of Sunni Islam – from secularism to political Islam, and from Wahhabism and Salafism to liberal and progressive visions of Islam.

Fanack Chronicle | Latest Publications

25/09/2017
Kurds went to the polls in the hope of making history and beginning the march to an independent state in the eyes of the...
23/09/2017
The mounting pressure from Washington has contributed to a hardening of Iranian attitudes towards the US, setting the st...
22/09/2017
Since winning the Arabic Booker in 2009, he has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of religious extremism and ...
21/09/2017
Some Twitter users hailed the song for declaring loyalty to the Saudi kingdom. Others criticized the artists for aiding ...
19/09/2017
In an article published on Vocativ in December 2013, the most halal, ‘is determined by the availability of halal food,...
19/09/2017
Following the announcement of the IS's evacuation deal, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah seemed to contradict this narr...

The Chronicle Project

The Fanack Chronicle of the Middle East & North Africa provides comprehensive, balanced and thoroughly researched information in Arabic and English about history, politics, economic development and social issues in 21 Middle East and North African countries.

The Chronicle’s Country Files follow a set structure and provide readers with everything from basic facts and figures and background on ethnic and religious groups in a specific country to Special Reports on topics such as the Iran-Iraq War, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and nuclear programmes in the Middle East.

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Fanack Water | Latest Publications

August 31, 2017
With an area of 1.8 million km², Sudan is the third-largest country in Africa. It consists generally of flat plains, wi...
August 31, 2017
The source of the Nile is in the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda. From there, it travels northwards for 6,718km, making it the...
August 31, 2017
Data on surface water quality is both scarce and old. These were mainly on the White and Blue Niles . Water characterist...
August 31, 2017
There are no official data on the total water use in Sudan by sector or region, and data collected by international inst...
August 31, 2017
Dams are the major Water infrastructure in Sudan .There are six dams across the Nile in the Sudan. These are: • Sen...
August 31, 2017
The Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity is the central ministry responsible for all water issues.

The Water Project

Fanack Water

Fanack Water provides accessible, well-researched information on the state of water resources in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through peer-reviewed country files and special reports, as well as interviews and opinion pieces on latest developments in the water sector of each MENA country.
Country Files make the complex issue of water resources in the MENA region accessible to a wide readership. These files are enriched with visualised data on surface and groundwater, water quality, and water use, as well as the analysis of efforts to improve water management and governance systems.
Special Reports focus on specific political issues, projects and technologies regarding the water resources in the MENA region. Similar to the country files, the special reports also include visualised data on the topic of the report.
Interviews and Opinions address the water issues in the MENA region through interviews with experts and short opinion pieces on the latest developments. Contributions to this section are kindly invited.

Fanack Energy | Latest Publications

12/04/2017
A (founding) member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Kuwait has one of the largest per c...
10/04/2017
Maps of the energy sector in Kuwait.
15/03/2017
Bahrain also has the smallest hydrocarbon resources in the Gulf region, but oil and gas nevertheless play an important, ...
31/01/2017
The UAE has the world’s seventh-largest proven crude oil reserves and is one of the world’s wealthiest countries per...
16/01/2017
With 10 per cent of the world’s oil reserves, Iran has the fourth largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia, Venezuela a...
13/10/2016
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is one of the most hydrocarbon-poor countries in the Middle East, with neither significa...

The Energy Project

Energy Website

Besides the Chronicle and Water, Fanack has also launched Fanack Energy, a website dedicated to energy issues, from the effect of US shale on Saudi oil production to the Iranian nuclear programme; Islamic Finance, which outlines the principles and development of this financial system; and the Quiz, an interactive website where anyone can test their knowledge of the region.

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