Panels, Regional Studies

Football in the Middle East: State, Society, and the Beautiful Game


A tour d’horizon exploring how the world’s best-loved game is affecting people, societies and governments across the region.

Far and away the most popular sport in the world, football has a special place in Middle Eastern societies, and for Middle Eastern states. With Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this region has been cast into the global footballing spotlight, raising issues of geopolitical competition, consumer culture and social justice.

Panelists: Zahra Babar (CIRS-GUQ), Ross Griffin (Qatar University), Craig LaMay (NUQ), and Danyel Reiche (GUQ)

Moderated by the editor of the book: Abdullah Al-Arian (GUQ)

Location: 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.