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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.
Overcoming the Odds: The Challenges for Women’s Financial Inclusion in the MENA Region

Overcoming the Odds: The Challenges for Women’s Financial Inclusion in the MENA Region

Despite various attempts to increase the participation rates of women in financial systems worldwide, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region still lags behind.
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.

Banking on the Future: Developing Financial Opportunities for MENA Women

Low rates of female participation in public life in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have long undermined the region’s potential. However, the new global push for financial inclusion for women is likely to have a transformative effect on the region’s economy and society.

Imed Alibi Charts New Path with Frigya

With a new musical experiment he calls Frigya, percussionist Imed Alibi explores his world from a fresh perspective.
Remembering Prophet Mohammed on His Birthday: Lessons for Humankind

Remembering Prophet Mohammed on His Birthday: Lessons for Humankind

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and his message of Islam changed the course of history and shaped the world we live in for the last 14 centuries. Whether one believes his message or not, one cannot deny his absolute ingenuity and inventiveness, which, in less than two decades, led to the creation of the most powerful and civilized nation: the first Islamic state.

“Reel” Change: How Women are Changing Saudi Society Through Film

Women in Saudi Arabia are spearheading efforts to produce films that accurately portray daily life in the Kingdom, despite the conservative nation’s strict laws governing people’s behavior—especially women’s.
Habka Libya's First Manga Initiative Seeks to Promote Creativity

Habka: Libya’s First “Manga Magazine” Overcomes Challenges to Promote Unity Through Creativity...

Despite difficulties, a pioneering magazine based in Benghazi is using Japanese art as a medium to share a creative message of hope and empowerment with communities throughout Libya.

Young Libyan Activist Fights for Positive Change in his Country

Despite the challenges that young human rights activist Mahmoud Abugrin faces in achieving his dreams in Libya, he refuses to give up. He will never forsake the hopes of other young people in Libya — and beyond -- to live in a better world.