Posts byMina Schmidt

The “God-Given Solution to Promiscuity”: Temporary Marriages in Modern Shi’i Iran

*quoted by Ruhollah Khomeini, founder and president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1980-1988  Covid cases are reaching an all-time high in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the “5th wave” hitting the country as of August 2021. One of many factors playing into the ever-lasting persistence of the virus is Iran’s infamous custom
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From Europhoria to Europhobia

Exploring The Political Dimension of the Euro Instability

When Euro bills and coins were launched into circulation on New Year’s Eve in 2002, excitement was roaring through the streets of Europe as people rushed to cash machines to hold the new unified European currency in their hands. The Euro was a symbol of European integration and economic flourishing. However, this initial excitement did
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Neom: A Utopian Clash between Tradition and Modernity

The shadow side to the utopian dream city Neom

“The Line”. What sounds like one of Netflix’s dystopian shows is actually a fully-fledged project of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of the country’s “vision 2030” plan. “The Line” is the infrastructural city planning of the future metropole Neom, a modern ecotopia, promising harmony, sustainability, health and innovation all within an
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