Culture For many centuries, the city of Petra prospered under the rule of Arab nomads, until it was conquered by the Roman empire in the fourth century. After the fall of the ancient city, it remained unknown to the West until a Swiss explorer discovered and shared it with the world once more in the 19th century.
Environment Tunisia has consistently pushed to adopt progressive legal and institutional frameworks to expand renewable energy usage and energy efficiency programs. The North African nation must develop a clear plan to further reduce its dependence on oil and gas to stay on track to generate its targeted amount of renewable electricity.
Culture Although Christianity is a complex religion divided into many different sects, the celebration of the birth of Jesus is a shared tradition among most, regardless of their differences. As a minority religion in the Middle East and North Africa, Christians not only celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday but also take it as an opportunity to open their doors to their Muslim and Jewish neighbors.
Culture With an estimated 422 million speakers globally, making it the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, and a designation as one of the six official languages of the United Nations, the Arabic language is celebrated today on Arabic Language Day for its richness and cultural diversity.
Culture Khat is an important part of life in Djibouti. Although many in the small East African nation enjoy the euphoric effects of the narcotic plant, the social, political, and economic hardships caused by its abuse may begin to persuade Djiboutians to abstain from consuming it.
Music On a resort island off the coast of South Korea, a multi-dimensional, North African-Korean rock band is finding its voice.
Amazigh New year As Amazigh people celebrate the beginning of their new year today, the Amazigh movement in Morocco is seeking to preserve the Amazigh cultural and historical heritage.
Culture Muslim Moriscos converted to Christianity under duress, faced racial discrimination and systematic marginalization by mainstream Catholic Spaniards in Renaissance Spain. They were eventually exiled from their Iberian homeland, but their legacy remains.
Culture Feminist thought has evolved in the context of the historical, social, cultural, and political norms of the societies in which it has originated. In the Muslim world, two major feminist trends have emerged in recent years: Islamic feminism and secular feminism.
The Hajj Attended annually by two to three million people from all over the world, the Hajj ritual is the fifth pillar of Islam required of Muslims who are able physically and financially to perform it at least once in their lifetime.
In Depth Domestic power dynamics in Tunisia threaten to destabilize the country by weakening governance within North Africa’s fledgling democracy. The political crisis in Tunisia that began earlier this year over whether Prime Minister Youssef Chahed should resign has revealed a ...
In Depth When 19-year old Iranian teenager Maedeh Hojabri filmed videos of herself happily dancing in her bedroom to American and Iranian pop music and posted them on Instagram, she didn’t think she would end up in prison. Iranian authorities clamped down and arrested her without...
Politics Tensions are rising between Abu Dhabi and Mogadishu. This trend is likely to continue as long as Somalia refuses to take a stand against Qatar.
Women in Science The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an annual celebration of female achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).