Anna Birawi

Anna Birawi (née Culver) is a former Associate Editor (Middle East) at Fair Observer. She is an aspiring academic and writer, with a special interest in Islamic Studies and the Middle East. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 1st class BA Joint Honors in Philosophy and Theology and received an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), majoring in Islamic Law. She is also a copy-writer for the UK-based NGO Human Appeal International.

Taksim Square: Turkey's Turn to Protest?

June 18, 2013

Recent protests in Turkey have exposed deep seated divisions within society. But do they threaten to weaken the stability of Erdogan’s government? Background Until recently, Turkey’s citizen-government relations have remained relatively stable, overshadowed by the ever increasing tensions across the Middle East. However, recent protests across the country have set...

Can Islamic Law Evolve?

February 17, 2013

While many secular advocates, right-wing parties and orthodox Islamic groups hold tight to the idea of a static, unresponsive and irrational Islamic law, the traditional framework of Islamic Legal Theory boasts otherwise. Here, the neglected principle of ijtihād is analysed. The evolutionary vs. immutable nature of Islamic law has been...

Take Me Home

November 01, 2011

Following the death of Gaddafi, many Libyan families are preparing to return home. Anna Birawi reflects on her experiences during the revolution, retelling the stories of families and children who fled to Tunisia.