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Yousra Samir Imran

Yousra Samir Imran

Yousra Samir Imran is a British Egyptian writer and author who is based Yorkshire. She is the author of Hijab and Red Lipstick, being published by Hashtag Press in the UK in October 2020

Follow her on Twitter: @UNDERYOURABAYA

Book Club: Assistant professor, academic, and writer Dr Shahd Alshammari talks to The New Arab about her new book, an illness narrative reflecting on living with multiple sclerosis in Kuwait.

18 May, 2022

Kuwait-born musician Fatimi Al Qadari has extended the parameters of electronic music by drawing inspiration from the tradition of Islamic folklore. With her new album Medieval Femme out now, we sat down with her to discuss her latest project.

10 December, 2021

Film Review: Netflix's latest Arab offering chronicles the journey of Zebiba, a budding weightlifter from Alexandria, on her pursuit to reach the Olympic Games. Tackling poignant themes, the documentary reveals shifting gender perceptions in Egypt.

03 September, 2021

Book Club: Sabeena Akhtar's Cut from the Same Cloth? is a collection of 20 personal essays written by Muslim women in Britain from different walks of life, on the topics that matter to them.

28 July, 2021

Recent figures reaffirm that marital rape is highly prevalent in Egypt despite the society’s refusal to acknowledge the term. Within Egypt's judiciary, its reluctance to reform patriarchal attitudes has resulted in grave consequences.

15 July, 2021

Stuck in a precarious limbo, Kuwait's Bidoon community faces an uncertain future. After rising rates of suicide amongst the community and the Kuwaiti government seemingly both hesitant and incompetent to fix, what lies ahead for Kuwait's Bidoon?

06 July, 2021

Book Club: The New Arab talked to author Selma Dabbagh and publishing house Saqi Books about how their latest anthology brings the writing of Arab women on love and desire back to the forefront.

30 June, 2021

Book Club: We've rounded up a compilation of ten novels/memoirs written by Palestinian authors to give the unfamiliar reader a compelling gateway into the history, experiences, and lives of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation or in exile.

03 June, 2021

The harrowing murder of Farah Akbar highlights the systemic issue of gender-based violence in Kuwait.

06 May, 2021

As Sherihan’s magical performance in Vodafone Egypt’s Ramadan advertisement evoked feelings of nostalgia throughout the Middle East, Yousra Samir Imran reminisces about what the female icon means to the region.

04 May, 2021