Culture

Ancient Leblouh Tradition Continues to Endanger the Lives of Mauritanian Women

Ancient Leblouh Tradition Continues to Endanger the Lives of Mauritanian Women

Mauritania’s age-old practice of Leblouh, the tradition of force-feeding girls for the sake of beauty and marriage, continues to deprive its women of some of their most basic human rights.
What is Sufism and Why Do Islamic Extremists Reject it?

What is Sufism and Why Do Islamist Extremists Reject it?

Sufis shun materialism and use prayer, music, and occasionally dance in their quest to get closer to God. Despite their dedication to divine love and peace, Sufis have increasingly become targets of extremist Islamic movements who view their practices as being incompatible with “true Islam.”
"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

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

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

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 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

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.
Empowering Arab Women through Financial Technology

Empowering Arab Women through Financial Technology

Although the financial exclusion of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has historically undermined the economic potential of the region, the recent introduction of financial technology (fintech) could play a vital role in disrupting regional financial systems, social paradigms, and gender stereotypes