MENA Initiative

Recent work


In Kashmir, like in Palestine, a decolonial commitment to justice is crucial

On 11 December 2023, the Indian Supreme Court declared its verdict on the legality of the government’s revocation of the ‘special status’ of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). On 5 August 2019, the Indian government deoperationalised Article 370 of its constitution, which had previously given a...


18 December 2023


Statement on Palestine

In the context of an escalating humanitarian crisis for the people of Gaza, IDS notes with sadness the failure of the United Nations Security Council to call for an immediate ceasefire in the war on Gaza. Professor Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, says: “We...

12 December 2023


In the face of genocide, the intifada must be globalised 

On 7 November 2023, the death toll in Gaza surpassed 10,000 as the most brutal military assault in contemporary history continues to unfold. Now impossible to update following the collapse of services and communications in the north, this figure had risen to 11,078 by November 10th, with...

15 November 2023


Contextualising Gaza: Colonial violence and Occupation

“We are at war”, stated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recorded statement early on Saturday morning, and “we will win it”. While the unprecedented events of 7 October - constituting ‘the worst breach of Israel’s defences in 50 years’ - precipitated a declaration of...

Chloe Skinner
Chloe Skinner & 2 others

13 October 2023

Working Paper

Between God, the People, and the State: Citizen Conceptions of Zakat

ICTD Working Paper; 167

The global pool for zakat – one of the five pillars of Islam mandating an annual payment typically equivalent to 2.5 per cent of an individual’s productive wealth – is estimated to make up between USD 200 billion and 1 trillion. States have long sought to harness zakat for their own...

Max Gallien
Max Gallien & 2 others

25 May 2023