Mark Levine

UC Irvine

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Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California Irvine; author of Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam and producer of Flowers in the Desert, a compilation album featuring hard rock, metal, and hiphop bands from around the Muslim world

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Today’s 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza lasted about 90 minutes, and the fighting has been resumed. Now, we’ll pull back and look at what it’s like to cover this ongoing story.

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