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Why Oscar-Hopeful Bilal Movie Could Launch a Research Paper

The animated film Bilal is being “viewed by many to be the birth of global film making in the Middle East,” according to a contributor to the Saudi Gazette in “Saudi animated movie ‘Bilal’ to be screened at Cannes.” Though a film for children, the Bilal movie, produced by UAE and Saudi Arabian company Barajoun Entertainment and an Oscar hopeful in the animated category, presents a tale familiar to viewers in the Middle East or who practice Islam, but not as familiar to Westerners.

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Loosely based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet Mohammed, the Bilal movie focuses on diversity and the inclusive side of Islam. Read more

The Hajj and Islam—research paper topics

The week of September 23 – 27, 2015, marked the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia made by millions of devotees to Islam. Known as the Hajj, it is one of the five pillars of the Muslim religion.

Pilgrims at the Masjid al-Haram on Hajj. (Credit: Wikipedia.org)

Pilgrims at the Masjid al-Haram on Hajj. (Credit: Wikipedia.org)

Many westerners know little to nothing about this event or, for that matter, Islam itself, which is why these areas of study offer a wealth of research paper topics. Read more

Will United Nations’ peace talks solve the Yemen conflict? Discuss it in your next research paper

The current Yemen conflict is extremely complicated. The initial fighting started between the country’s President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and allies of the Houthis, a group of Zaidi Shia rebels. However adding to the conflict is the opposition by al-Qaeda to both groups and an offshoot of ISIS that’s trying to gain a foothold in the country.

The Houthi rebels used tear gas against demonstrators in Taiz, Yemen. (Credit: Reuters)

The Houthi rebels used tear gas against demonstrators in Taiz, Yemen. (Credit: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia is leading a military operation that backs Yemen’s president. After a recent cease-fire, bombing has begun again, while the United Nations is hoping to sponsor peace talks in Geneva on May 28. Read more