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Usman Butt


Usman Butt is multimedia television researcher, filmmaker and writer based in London. Usman read International Relations and Arabic Language at the University of Westminster and completed a Master of Arts in Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

Book Club: Sherman Jackson's book 'The Islamic Secular' redefines Islam's secular sphere, challenging Western misconceptions and sparking a fresh dialogue.

17 April, 2024

Book Club: Eugene Rogan's The Damascus Events charts a gruesome moment in the city's history as interfaith tensions fell from knife edge to massacre.

27 March, 2024

Book Club: In his new book, Maged Mandour delves into what makes President Sisi's regime so different and dangerous, compared to those who came before him.

17 January, 2024

Book Club: Estella Carpi discussed her book 'The Politics of Crisis-Making' with The New Arab, using Lebanon as a case study to expose how official crisis management reshuffles societies and engenders unequal nationalist-based economies.

06 December, 2023

Book Club: Seldom researched, the Great Famine of Mount Lebanon (1915-1918) was one of WWI's greatest atrocities. Drawing on first-hand testimonies, Taylor Brand's 'Famine Worlds' offers an important analysis of what it's like to live through trauma.

08 November, 2023

Book Club: Estella Carpi's latest book looks at how humanitarian aid in Lebanon is entangled with diverse forms of development, and how the murky and often opportunistic politics of defining crises affect the displaced.

18 October, 2023

Book Club: Jaber Baker and Ugur Umit Ungor's 'Syrian Gulag' presents a compelling case for accountability in Syria looking into the different prisons and charting the regime’s repression from 1970 until the 2020s through years of detailed research.

27 September, 2023

Book Club: Drawing on the works of prominent scholars of the time, Elaheh Kheirandish documents the scientific pedigree of two "cities of the stars": Baghdad and Isfahan. Her book helps reintegrate the Eastern tradition into the scientific narrative.

09 August, 2023

Book Club: Avi Shlaim's memoir is an elucidating account of split worlds under duress. Deeply researched, Shlaim reveals the factors behind his leaving Iraq for Israel, and how the Israeli secret services stoked tensions to facilitate this exodus.

19 July, 2023

Book Club: Boris Johnson's tumultuous tenure as Britain's Prime Minister continues to be felt. Adored by some, derided by others, Johnson's legacy as one of Britain's more bubbling statesmen has nonetheless shifted the playbook of British politics.

05 July, 2023