Notes From a Medinah was originally created in Beirut in 2009. Since then it has relocated to the United States, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, and Egypt.  NFAM tries to offer an honest look at the Middle East politics and culture while constantly moving from the Levant to the Gulf to the Maghreb and, generally, all around. We try to find a nice mix of serious political analysis of major regional issues and the American regional policy with humor, music, food and more.

Currently the NFAM is run by the formidable Chris duo:

Chris Keeler is the original creator of NFAM and has lived in the Middle East for over two years. He received his BA in international relations and French literature from Wesleyan University in 2007. In addition to NFAM, Chris has posted at Mondoweiss and E-International Relations. His work has also been featured by Andrew Sullivan’s Dish and the Palestine Center Blog.

Chris Whitman is a Master’s student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on the topic of Middle East Studies. He specializes in Israel/Palestine (especially 1948, refugees, Zionism, narratives, and settlement/overall occupational policy), Syrian politics, human rights, international law, political economy, and the role of nationalism in identity and conflict.

To keep up to date with all of NFAM’s work, interests and random musings, you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@onthemiddleeast). To contact us personally you can also email at notesfromamedinah@gmail.com. We are always looking for contributors to the site. If you are interested in submitting a piece to NFAM, shoot us an email with your information and a piece (or even an idea for a piece.)

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