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Egypt’s Long History of Targeting Copts Culminates in Sinai

Egypt’s Long History of Targeting Copts Culminates in Sinai

Dozens of families gathered around the Evangelical Church in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, laden with suitcases that carried nothing but a fraction of…

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: A History of Debauchery in Egyptian Songs

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: A History of Debauchery in Egyptian Songs

In the early twentieth century, and particularly after World War I, a new phenomenon took root in Egypt in the form of songs that were…

The Queen of Sheba: The Virgin Mother and King Solomon’s Lover

The Queen of Sheba: The Virgin Mother and King Solomon’s Lover

The Queen of Sheba: the myth that regenerates with every epoch. The story of the Queen of Sheba inspired the people of Yemen to tell…

Beaten and Raped: Homosexuals in Tunisia and Egypt

Beaten and Raped: Homosexuals in Tunisia and Egypt

Not only are they persecuted by the law and the police, they also face the threat of societies with religions and customs in complete antagonism…

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…

Women Jihadists: What No Man Can Achieve

Women Jihadists: What No Man Can Achieve

When a man carries out a “suicide” or “martyrdom” attack, the ground trembles. But when the suicide bomber is a woman, the entire planet convulses.…

Arabs in Concentration Camps: The Forgotten Victims of Nazi Germany

Arabs in Concentration Camps: The Forgotten Victims of Nazi Germany

Tucked away into oblivion, undisturbed by the curiosity of historians, very little is known of the Arabs who shared cells with the Jews of Nazi…

On Identity Politics, and ‘Rapping Your Hijab’

On Identity Politics, and ‘Rapping Your Hijab’

In my daily browsing of social media feeds, I came across a video, via the medium of a celebratory NPR article about Syrian-American female rapper…

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…