Myriam Ababsa is a research fellow in social geography at the French Institute for the Near East in Amman. Her work focuses on the impact of public policies on regional and urban development in Jordan and Syria. Baudouin Dupret is a research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research, based in Paris, and a lecturer in Islamic law and socio-legal sciences at the University of Louvain. He has published extensively in the fields of the sociology and anthropology of law, legislation, and media, especially in the Middle East. Eric Denis is a senior research fellow affiliated with the French National Center for Scientific Research, and is based at the French Institute in Pondicherry, India. He has published widely in the field of urban studies and geography of the Middle East.