Essays

Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers Musical Legends Who Shaped Modern Lebanese Identity

Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers: Musical Legends Who Shaped Modern Lebanese Identity

Lebanese musical icons Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers, Assi and Mansour, are credited with revolutionizing modern Arab music. They are also renowned for using their artistic voices to champion social and political causes in Lebanon and the wider Arab world.
Arab Women Escaping the Gulf

Arab Women Escaping the Gulf

While Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Arabian Gulf make some shallow progress towards improving women’s rights, the hundreds of women trying to flee the region make clear that true progress is still a long way off.
Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success

“Moderate” Extremists in Syria’s Idlib Threatened by Own Success?

As ISIS is cornered in southeastern Syria and the U.S. begins to withdraw from the Kurdish-held northeast, eyes are turning toward a resurgent, al-Qaeda-linked militant faction in the northwest. While that group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, appears to be playing a savvy political game with Turkey, Russia, and Syria, internal conflict may threaten its dominance.
A Journey Inside Arabia: Our Year in Review

A Journey Inside Arabia: Our Year in Review

Inside Arabia takes a moment to highlight some of the most significant events that occurred throughout the Arab world in 2018 and re-pledges its commitment to bringing the truth to the American public.
Boosting Women’s Entrepreneurship Through Female Impact Investors in the MENA Region

Boosting Women’s Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region Through Impact Investment

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem face formidable obstacles when it comes to accessing finance. The introduction of impact investment and the increasing number of female impact investors in the region could usher in a new age of gender, social, and financial inclusion in the Arab world.
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.
Brokk’art Dreams and Dreamscapes in Algiers

Brokk’art: Dreams and Dreamscapes in Algiers

At Brokk’art, an ecosystem of young Algerian artists explores their past, present, and future.
Learning Between the Lines Protecting Immigrant Children’s Right to Education In Morocco

Learning Between the Lines: Protecting Immigrant Children’s Right to Education In Morocco

As more sub-Saharan immigrants settle in Morocco, advocacy groups urge the government to ensure education access with comprehensive new immigration laws. Under the Constitution, Morocco guarantees everyone living in the country the right to education. In practice, many immigrant children are left out of the classroom.

Egypt’s Waning Geopolitical Position in the MENA Region

Egypt has been a leader of the Arab world for much of the last century, but in recent years, economic, political, and cultural changes have eroded its status as a major regional power.
When Bigotry and Intolerance Reigned: The Expulsion of Moriscos from Renaissance Spain

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.