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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Marrying for your country: On institutionalized marriage and Egyptian nationalism

Marrying for your country: On institutionalized marriage and Egyptian nationalism

"Marriage is the cornerstone of manhood and a principle of national allegiance. A man who does not marry is like a deserter from the army:…

A Prisoner Suffocating: My Experience in Egyptian Prisons

A Prisoner Suffocating: My Experience in Egyptian Prisons

#مسجون_مخنوق or #Suffocating_Prisoner. My throat dried up when I saw this hashtag. I could barely swallow the lump that had formed in my throat. The painful…

Iraq

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Seeking The Details That I Fear

Seeking The Details That I Fear

I devote myself to the reading of Iraqi novels. I gain familiarity with the East Karrada district and learn to distinguish it –in my mind's…

Life after Daesh for the Women of Mosul...

Life after Daesh for the Women of Mosul...

“the group's powerful propaganda spread the idea that the customary hijab alone was not enough. If a woman really wanted to be religiously and morally committed, the niqab was the only choice.”

Jordan

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Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

It had been about a year since Mohamed Arabiat had graduated, and despite applying for perhaps 50 odd positions in Jordan and abroad, he had…

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…

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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Karantina: City of Outsiders

Karantina: City of Outsiders

I only knew of Karantina because as an undergrad student trying to get to university in Beirut, I used to drive through it in order…

Lebanese Youth, Stuck in Déjà-vu

Lebanese Youth, Stuck in Déjà-vu

  I watched as a car parade honked by, during municipal election-day on 8 May 2016. Young adults my age spilled out the windows, waving…

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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Window Into Tangier

Window Into Tangier

Tangier: the city whose landscape is like a palimpsest of histories, cultures and cosmopolitan identities.

The Horrendous Case Of The Collective Rape On A Moroccan Bus

The Horrendous Case Of The Collective Rape On A Moroccan Bus

A minute long video was shared on social media platforms on the 20th of august, showing a horrendous scene: a group of four teenagers, all…

Oman

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Sailing the Seven Seas: From Myths to Unlikely Friendships

Sailing the Seven Seas: From Myths to Unlikely Friendships

An unlikely friendship between sailors and a sultan, and the powerful role of the sea in Islamic history

Palestine

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Painful Facts About the World’s Largest Open-Air Prison

Painful Facts About the World’s Largest Open-Air Prison

A few days ago, Haaretz published an article by the Israeli author, Rogel Alpher, in which he warns Israelis that it should be of no…

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…

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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Do authoritarian regimes in the Middle East even care about women?

Do authoritarian regimes in the Middle East even care about women?

It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon when forty-seven Saudi women gathered in the car park of a supermarket in Riyadh. After dismissing their private…

The Story of Saudi Arabia’s First School for Girls

The Story of Saudi Arabia’s First School for Girls

At first, there was only vast desert land. Then oil was discovered at its eastern coast, and its western coast was shedding its Ottoman veneer.…

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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Seeking The Details That I Fear

Seeking The Details That I Fear

I devote myself to the reading of Iraqi novels. I gain familiarity with the East Karrada district and learn to distinguish it –in my mind's…

A Single Day at a Hospital in Northern Syria

A Single Day at a Hospital in Northern Syria

“Women are the revolution” and “I will not emigrate”. The two signs greet us as we enter northern Syria. Along both sides of the roads, you…

The 22

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Shaving Practices: the "Halal" & the "Haram"

Shaving Practices: the "Halal" & the "Haram"

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the…

Window Into Tangier

Window Into Tangier

Tangier: the city whose landscape is like a palimpsest of histories, cultures and cosmopolitan identities.

The World

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What Do Arab Third Culture Kids Tell Us About the World

What Do Arab Third Culture Kids Tell Us About the World

How do Arab Third Culture Kids see the world? And why their perspective might carry a promise of a better future?

The Grandfather of the Enlightenment was a Muslim

The Grandfather of the Enlightenment was a Muslim

What is the Muslim philosopher Averroes doing in the famous fresco “The School of Athens” of the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael? The painter brought together…

Tunisia

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Is Tunisia "an Anomaly" in the Arab World's Experience with Democratic Change?

Is Tunisia "an Anomaly" in the Arab World's Experience with Democratic Change?

The Arab Spring was, arguably, the most important revolutionary moment in the Middle East’s modern history. It began in Tunisia with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in…

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…

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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Yemenis and Qāt: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Yemenis and Qāt: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Over the past 20 years, the qāt trade has become the most successful trade in Aden. Every day, thousands of women and men flock to the…

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…