Book Review: “The Republic, As If”

Alaa Al Aswany’s 2018 novel “The Republic, As If” follows the events of Egypt’s 2011 revolution through the perspectives of both protesters of Mubarak’s regime and citizens set on upholding it.
Book Review: “The Republic, As If”

Passport

Petra: The Hidden Treasure of Jordan

Petra: The Hidden Treasure of Jordan

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.
Is Tunisia Serious About Transitioning to Renewable Energies?

Is Tunisia Serious About Transitioning to Renewable Energies?

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.

Celebrating Christmas Throughout the Middle East

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.

The Art of Language: Celebrating Arabic Through the Ages

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" it Out: Is the Narcotic Plant Holding Back Djibouti's Development?

“Khat” it Out: Is the Narcotic Plant Holding Back Djibouti’s Development?

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.

Omar and the Eastern Power: North Africa Meets Korea On a Volcanic Island

On a resort island off the coast of South Korea, a multi-dimensional, North African-Korean rock band is finding its voice.

Al Raseef: Music from Beyond the Wall

From its current home in Genoa, Italy, the Palestinian “Arab brass” band Al Raseef brings its unique sound to streets, schools, and concert halls around the world, hoping to free people’s spirits, and to educate, inspire, and break down barriers.

When Culture Clashes with Politics: Celebrating Amazigh New Year in Morocco and Beyond

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.

Opinion

ARABIA THAT WAS

When Bigotry and Intolerance Reigned: The Expulsion of Moriscos from Renaissance Spain

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.

Book Review

Book Review: “The Republic, As If”

Alaa Al Aswany’s 2018 novel “The Republic, As If” follows the events of Egypt’s 2011 revolution through the perspectives of both protesters of Mubarak’s regime and citizens set on upholding it.
Book Review: “The Republic, As If”

ARABIA THAT IS

Feminist Thought in the Muslim World From Secular Feminism to Islamic Feminism

Feminist Thought in the Muslim World: From Secular Feminism to Islamic Feminism

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.

IN-DEPTH

Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business. Mecca

Muslim Hajj: From Religious Ritual to Lucrative Business

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.

Tunisia’s Political Crisis: Domestic Power Dynamics Threaten National Stability

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 ...

Iranian Women Dance on Social Media to Resist Government’s Attempts to Stifle Freedoms

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...

UAE Punishes Somalia for Its Stance on Ongoing Gulf Crisis

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.

VOICES

Every Bit Counts Building a Better Future for Women in the Scientific Field

Every Bit Counts: Building a Better Future for Women in the Scientific Field

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an annual celebration of female achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Analysis

Will Iran and Hezbollah Restore the Syria-Hamas Alliance?

Arab states are gradually re-normalizing their diplomatic ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. As Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah have been major advocates of Syria’s return to the Arab world’s diplomatic fold, both are attempting to facilitate a restoration of relations between Damascus and Hamas, which may soon occur despite the Palestinian group’s decision to side against Assad in 2012.

Trouble Brews Between the UAE and Iran

Throughout recent weeks, deep-rooted tensions between Abu Dhabi and Tehran have heated up. Yet as the UAE is working closely with the United States and Arab allies to counter Iran’s regional influence via an Arab NATO alliance and tougher sanctions against Tehran, the risk of frictions and hostilities between Abu Dhabi and the Islamic Republic escalating beyond harsh rhetoric cannot be dismissed.

Iraq: Iran’s Open Market

The U.S.’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 created a weak and dependent Iraq, paving the way for Iran to gain huge economic influence in the country, which it continues to wield, despite U.S. efforts.