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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…

Major Sunni Misconceptions About Shi’ites

Major Sunni Misconceptions About Shi’ites

It has been said that ignorance is the fuel of animosity; and perhaps one glance at the modern Middle East confirms the veracity of this…

Can Feminism be Islamic? In Search of Women’s Rights in Islam

Can Feminism be Islamic? In Search of Women’s Rights in Islam

For many, the term “Islamic feminist” may seem like an oxymoron, but when it was coined in the 1990s by Iranian activist Ziba Mir-Hosseini, it…

Diary of an Arab Millennial—Part I: Promises

Diary of an Arab Millennial—Part I: Promises

If I didn't have my earphones shoved into my ears, blasting a 90s French hip-hop playlist, I would certainly be bothered by the whistles and cat-calls pursuing me…

The Price: The End of Iraqi and Syrian Woes and the Vanishing of Islamic State

The Price: The End of Iraqi and Syrian Woes and the Vanishing of Islamic State

When entangled elements make it hard to reach sound analyses, conspiracy theories appear as a good tool to explain the unexplained. This applies perfectly to the…

The Visa

The Visa

In compliance with Executive Order 13769, signed by President Donald Trump six days into his presidency, dozens of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries were prevented…

The Story of a Trans Woman in Wartime Syria

The Story of a Trans Woman in Wartime Syria

Gazing over the screen of her personal computer is a blond woman with blue eyes, sipping her coffee in a European-style house. The 27-year-old has…

The American Universities in Cairo and Beirut: Return vs. Investment

The American Universities in Cairo and Beirut: Return vs. Investment

For decades, both the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the American University of Beirut (AUB) have been a dream destination for thousands of students…

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…