Sudanese Protests Threaten to Topple Al-Bashir Regime

Popular protests have rocked Sudanese cities since December 19, triggered by rising bread prices and sustained by a deep-seated desire for regime change. Long-ruling autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir, quickly losing his allies, has responded with violence and repression.
Sudanese Protests Threaten to Topple Al-Bashir Regime

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Celebrating Christmas Throughout the Middle East

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.

Even After Defeating ISIS, Iraq Struggles to Find Its Feet

One of the principal effects of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an exponentially compounded threat of terrorism in the country by extremist groups. 15 years after the invasion, and one year after defeating ISIS, the Middle Eastern country is still struggling to land on its feet.

Death of Two Saudi Sisters in New York Leave Unanswered Questions

The mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two young Saudi sisters in New York City have spurred a still-unresolved investigation and provoked speculations that Saudi Arabia’s repressive society is partly to blame.

Culture

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

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.

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.

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.

Visa For Music Festival Returns to Rabat

Every November, a stunning array of musicians from across Africa and the Middle East convenes in Morocco’s capital city.

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

“2084”: The End of the World, or Classic Dystopia with a New Face?

Algerian author Boualem Sansal explores the perils of Islamic totalitarianism in his dystopian novel “2084,” which was published in France in 2015. For the authoritarian leaders Sansal portrays, religion is not the motivation for maintaining power, but rather a tool to that end.

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.

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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

Moroccan Sufi Music Premieres on World Music Label

In a first for what some call “world music,” a new album featuring Moroccan Sufi music, reflecting a spiritual dimension of Islam, is being released this month.

Analysis

Saudi Arabia Continues to Sow Discord in Yemen to Advance Own Interests

Saudi Arabia intends to build an oil pipeline project in the province of Al Mahrah to secure an alternative route to the Iranian-controlled Strait of Hormuz for exporting its oil. In the meantime, the kingdom is stirring up discord, and trying to draw Oman into the fray, to advance its energy agenda.

Revisiting the “Arab NATO” Idea: A Futile Effort?

Trump administration officials are trying to assuage the concerns of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East about the American president’s leadership and the White House’s flip-flopping on foreign policy issues.

Does Supporting the Saudi-UAE-Led Coalition in the War in Yemen Serve U.S. Interests?

The U.S. administration's support for the Saudi-UAE-led military intervention in Yemen has proved unsuccessful in its objective to curb Iran’s influence in the region.