Bidayat (‘Beginnings’) is a Lebanese quarterly launched in 2012. Conceived as a critical cultural and intellectual platform in Arabic, with women and men collaborators from all around the Arab world, Bidayat is aimed at a general readership yet keen at maintaining academic standards and engaging with emerging, young generations of Arab activists, writers, artists and journalists. The magazine seeks to make a significant contribution to the on-going struggles of Arab societies towards self-determination, democracy, secularism, social and economic justice, guided by values of equality, freedom and humanism and recognising ethnic, gender and cultural diversity.