South Africa will attend a Middle East conference in Paris next month to take part in facilitating a two state solution. This emerged from a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas in Pretoria.

There have been three suicide attacks in 24 hours in Saudi Arabia. Four security staff were killed when an attacker blew himself up at a parking lot outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. Five other officers were wounded.

Hamas’s Usamah Hamdan to be keynote speaker

After the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region, Political Islam took centre stage in many respects, as numerous actors in the region claimed their Islam as the inspiration or basis of their political activity. This manifested during various elections, coups, and civil wars. Perhaps the most recent of these has been the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, which seeks to undo the post-Ottoman Sykes-Picot architecture of the MENA region.

These developments over the past four years have resulted in the MENA region, and the Muslim world more generally, experiencing a profound conceptual rethinking, including a re-evaluation of notions of global ethics, citizenship and democracy, capitalism and economic development, imperialism, and liberation.

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