100 episodes

A critical lens on the history of the present of the modern Middle East and North Africa. Interviews with experts and archival mashups.


Created by Sina Rahmani (twitter: @urorientalist)

The East is a Podcast Sina Rahmani (@urorientalist)

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    • 5.0, 39 Ratings

A critical lens on the history of the present of the modern Middle East and North Africa. Interviews with experts and archival mashups.


Created by Sina Rahmani (twitter: @urorientalist)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

maryamrab ,

Important listening

This podcast is timely and informative! Each show provides expert insights from different disciplines. Great host, guests, and topics!

Alexandros! ,

A hilarious & ruthless criticism of all that exists

This podcast is a tremendous resource for students, academics, educators, and the intellectually curious. Sina's episodes blend entertainment with serious scholarship in ways that most commercially-produced podcast can only dream of. With a focus on marginalized & colonized communities, the podcast covers Kashmir, the construction of race, Edward Said, U.S. foreign policy, pop culture, and sports -- in short, it provides a ruthless and entertaining criticism of all that exists. These episodes will make you laugh, they'll get you thinking, and they will likely introduce you to new frameworks for thinking about the world.

tim treadwell ,

Needed Critical Lens On Contemporary Issues

Sina's new(-ish) podcast is a necessary contribution to current discourse about the Middle East, North Africa, and the rest of the world that fell under the rubric of "the Orient" for so many centuries and until today. Not only does the pod present critical viewpoints from top scholars on breaking news events, but it also has provided a venue for students of the Middle East to explore contemporary events along with the historical contexts that have brought us to the current situation of the Middle East in, for instance, US foreign policy discourse today. Top notch work!

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