Algeria

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Tlemcen, Algeria: The Jewish Holy Land of North Africa

Tlemcen, Algeria: The Jewish Holy Land of North Africa

Darb al-Yahoud, or the Jews’ Path, is one of the most prominent neighborhoods in the Algerian city of Tlemcen that lies on the border with…

License to Draw: Algerian Caricatures Cross the Red Lines

License to Draw: Algerian Caricatures Cross the Red Lines

In Algeria, people start reading newspapers from the back. The last page, or the caricature page, attracts readers and competes with journalistic articles. It only…

Bahrain

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The (non) Prestige of a Regime : Bahrain Edition

The (non) Prestige of a Regime : Bahrain Edition

Nabeel Rajab, a well-known activist and opponent to the Khalifa regime, has been denied freedom from his jail term because he apparently “undermined the prestige…

Egypt

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Interview with Sonallah Ibrahim: The Writer of Modern Arab Life

Interview with Sonallah Ibrahim: The Writer of Modern Arab Life

In 2003, novelist Sonallah Ibrahim refused to receive the Arab Novel Award granted by the Egyptian government. That year, during the ceremony, he took to…

A Look at the Spectacular First Color Photographs of the Arab World

A Look at the Spectacular First Color Photographs of the Arab World

The first color photographs of the Arab world date back to the end of the 19th century. Published by The Telegraph, they were produced using…

Iraq

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In Iraq, Islamists Confiscate and Sell Locals' Properties

In Iraq, Islamists Confiscate and Sell Locals' Properties

Since 2014, confiscating and seizing of property has become increasingly prevalent in Iraq, with thousands of homes and properties being sold, without their owners’ knowledge.…

Paradise on Earth: Baghdad before the Mongol Conquest

Paradise on Earth: Baghdad before the Mongol Conquest

As the Abbasid Caliph, Al-Muta'sim Billah, mused over his favorite concubine, Orfa, in the privacy of the room where she flirted and toyed with him,…

Jordan

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Having a Child Out of Wedlock in Jordan

Having a Child Out of Wedlock in Jordan

Stabbed four times, twice in the stomach; Iman* was 23 and pregnant with her first child, when it happened. This was her brothers' reaction. She…

#Q&A_22 with Jordanian writer Fadi Zaghmout

#Q&A_22 with Jordanian writer Fadi Zaghmout

A writer born in the Jordanian capital Amman, he holds an MA in creative writing and critical thinking from the University of Sussex in the…

Kuwait

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The Taste of the Wolf: A Tale of Vengeance, Manhood, and Violence

The Taste of the Wolf: A Tale of Vengeance, Manhood, and Violence

From the days of old, the desert has always been the muse of Arab poets, acting as the ultimate provoker of philosophical contemplation, in the…

Kuwait’s Elections: Islamist vs. Comedian

Kuwait’s Elections: Islamist vs. Comedian

The election season has begun in Kuwait, with elections due on November 26, 2016. In the five electoral districts of the country, a total of…

Lebanon

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10 Things Lebanese People Like to Blame on Syrian Refugees

10 Things Lebanese People Like to Blame on Syrian Refugees

Though there is no doubt that Lebanon hosts an enormous number of Syrian refugees, also evident is the manner in which the Lebanese authorities—and citizens—have…

The Invisible Claws: Are Real Estate Prices Killing Arab Economies?

The Invisible Claws: Are Real Estate Prices Killing Arab Economies?

In his book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith makes the provocative claim that beneath that chaotic system of individual haggling over prices, there is…

Libya

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Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

On October 20, 2011, eight months after the outbreak of the revolution in Libya, deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in a video. He was captured…

Morocco

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Al-Qarawiyyin: A Visit to the World’s Oldest University

Al-Qarawiyyin: A Visit to the World’s Oldest University

In 245 AH/859 CE, the first edifice of al-Qarawiyyin was erected in Fes, which would constitute what would later become the oldest continually operating university campus…

The Death Rattle of Islamic State’s Moroccan Fighters

The Death Rattle of Islamic State’s Moroccan Fighters

As the siege on Islamic State closes in, particularly in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and Raqqa in Syria, the fate of Moroccan fighters is…

Palestine

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Rediscovering the Landscapes of Palestine on a Bicycle

Rediscovering the Landscapes of Palestine on a Bicycle

Away from all the commotion and hustle of city life, and the halo of light from the urban sky glow, we enter the realm of…

Slow Death for Basic Rights: Palestinian Hunger Strikers Speak Out

Slow Death for Basic Rights: Palestinian Hunger Strikers Speak Out

On April 17, over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, out of a total of 6,500 in Israeli prisons, began an open hunger strike demanding better conditions. Palestinian…

Qatar

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The Easy Guide to Politics in Qatar

The Easy Guide to Politics in Qatar

When was Qatar founded? In his book The Political History of Qatar, Ahmad Zakaria al-Shaleq marks the triumph of the al-Thani tribe over the other…

Saudi Arabia

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What is Forbidden and Permitted in Saudi Arabia

What is Forbidden and Permitted in Saudi Arabia

When you visit a country for the first time, at least part of your attention will be focused on getting the local laws and customs…

Inside Saudi Arabia’s Covert Expat Money Laundering Schemes

Inside Saudi Arabia’s Covert Expat Money Laundering Schemes

“How do I get my money out of Saudi Arabia?” A question many expats find themselves asking in the conservative Islamic kingdom. Likely they are…

Sudan

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Are the Nuba of Sudan Planning Yet Another Secession?

Are the Nuba of Sudan Planning Yet Another Secession?

Sudanese assistant to the President, Ibrahim Mahmoud, recently declared that the attempts to incite struggle in Sudan over the past 27 years have failed. Paradoxically, …

Arak Survives Religion and Prohibition in Sudan

Arak Survives Religion and Prohibition in Sudan

Despite the implementation of Sharia in Sudan, the drinking culture that dates back millennia has survived, Raseef22 has discovered

Syria

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Syrians Turn to Drugs to Forget the Burden of War

Syrians Turn to Drugs to Forget the Burden of War

May’s journey with addiction began about two years ago. Aged 23, she hails from Jabal al-Arab in the south-west of Syria. “I am a university…

Syrian Memoirs: Laughter in the Dark

Syrian Memoirs: Laughter in the Dark

Though comedy is not what comes to mind when considering the six years of the Syrian civil war that transpired into a proxy war between…

The 22

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Past Attempts at Kurdish Independence: Five Failed Republics

Past Attempts at Kurdish Independence: Five Failed Republics

"If we go back in history, the Republic of Mahabad in northern Iran was extremely rushed, causing a huge setback for Kurdish hope for decades."…

The Quest for Mental Health Awareness in the Arab World

The Quest for Mental Health Awareness in the Arab World

Before her first cigarette is even extinguished, Sahar grabs another. In her small home in Beirut, the 30-year-old woman has finally found a sense of…

Tunisia

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Zatla: The Drug of Choice for Tunisia’s Disillusioned Youth

Zatla: The Drug of Choice for Tunisia’s Disillusioned Youth

In the Tunisian dialect, zatla means pleasure or intoxication. It’s also the word used to refer to cannabis indica, or hashish as it is more…

Book Clubs Ignite Literary Passion in Tunisia

Book Clubs Ignite Literary Passion in Tunisia

Throughout Arab history, passion for literature was pervasive, and libraries were a labor of love and the pride of many a ruler. The libraries of…

United Arab Emirates

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Midwākh: The Opiate of the Gulf Masses

Midwākh: The Opiate of the Gulf Masses

A few seconds is all it takes for the effect of the long wooden midwākh to kick in—specifically seven seconds, as Dr Wedad al-Maydour of…

Forbidden in the UAE: What You Should Know Before Visiting

Forbidden in the UAE: What You Should Know Before Visiting

There is a general perception, among Arabs especially, that the UAE is a haven of freedom. What most don’t know is that there is a…

Yemen

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Cinema Under Fire: Youth Resistance in Sana’a

Cinema Under Fire: Youth Resistance in Sana’a

The quote “Revolution begins with the self, in the self”, by African-American author Toni Cade Bambara, perfectly describes the movement kicked off by Yemeni activist…

17 Vignettes from Sana’a and Amran

17 Vignettes from Sana’a and Amran

Yemen is naturally beautiful. With a population of around 26 million, it is the second largest country in the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia lies to…