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The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

Despite Iraq’s longstanding history, being part of the U.S. plan to manufacture a Western-style democracy by military force has brought this country’s identity and territorial…

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

It is not a feasible task to try and estimate the number of Jews in Lebanon today- some say there are 200 of them.

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

If the prospect of obtaining contraceptives is not daunting enough for a woman in the Arab world, the prospect of getting an abortion are certainly daunting. …

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

In a narrow street packed with pedestrians and small shops stacked shoulder to shoulder, where voices of vendors mix with the conversations of patrons, a…

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Those who know little about Asmahan would be surprised to learn that she only lived for twenty-seven years. In the few pictures of her, and…

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…

Sex and the Egyptian Feminist: The Writers Who Broke the Mould

Sex and the Egyptian Feminist: The Writers Who Broke the Mould

There have been three distinct phases of women’s literature on sex, the body, and womanhood over the past century in Egypt. From literature that avoided…

In Jerusalem, Palestinians Have a Choice: ‘Destroy Your Homes, Or We’ll Do It For You’

In Jerusalem, Palestinians Have a Choice: ‘Destroy Your Homes, Or We’ll Do It For You’

It was 5:30 am on the morning of  Wednesday, March 22, 2017, a date etched in Hanadi Abu Rumouz’s memory. Abu Rumouz’s husband was getting…

Unspeakable Practices: Forced Hysterectomies for Egypt’s Disabled Daughters

Unspeakable Practices: Forced Hysterectomies for Egypt’s Disabled Daughters

Salwa, 45, finished work and rushed out to catch her bus home, returning to her 15-year-old daughter. Her daughter, Farah Mohammed Ibrahim, suffers from an…