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Are Arab Men Sexually Intimidated by Women?

Are Arab Men Sexually Intimidated by Women?

“Women’s souls are in their vaginas,” an Arab “sage” told a man coming to him to complain about his wife, for rejecting his overtures. This…

On the Refugee Trail—Part III: A Journey to Europe in a Coffin-like Box

On the Refugee Trail—Part III: A Journey to Europe in a Coffin-like Box

Syrian refugee Bahar Nimr worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Domiz Camp for three years, before deciding to travel to Europe. Smuggled out in…

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…

Beaten, Burned and Confined: the Misery of a Intersex Girl in Egypt

Beaten, Burned and Confined: the Misery of a Intersex Girl in Egypt

"With both hands she pulled me towards her and hugged me, as I have always wished to be held. She reassured me that everything would…

Mastering the Art of First Impressions

Mastering the Art of First Impressions

We are all fascinated by the mystery of body language and the power of first impressions. This topic saw its heydays at various points, however…

Down and Out? Rent a Bridal Set for $30 in Cairo

Down and Out? Rent a Bridal Set for $30 in Cairo

Have you ever considered renting a gift for your loved one to show it off on social occasions, then returning it the next morning? Necessity…

Captagon: The Ins and Outs of the Middle East’s Notorious ‘War Amphetamine’

Captagon: The Ins and Outs of the Middle East’s Notorious ‘War Amphetamine’

Captagon is a type of amphetamine in pill form, most commonly found in the Middle East. Its active ingredient is fenethylline hydrochloride. In recent years,…

Acid Attacks in Egypt: Violence Undeterred by Light Punishment

Acid Attacks in Egypt: Violence Undeterred by Light Punishment

Heba Hosni still remembers the day she wailed helplessly at a north Cairo court after hearing the judge pronouncing the verdict in November 2017: the…

Egypt's Press Syndicate, and the Plight of Online Journalists

Egypt's Press Syndicate, and the Plight of Online Journalists

After years of working for the independent news website, AlBawabh News, Egyptian journalist Ahmed Fathallah was fired in August 2016, along with about 40 of…