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Kamal Afzali is a staff writer at The New Arab who specialises in Muslim affairs, and has a keen interest in the politics and society of Arabic and Persian-language speaking countries. Follow him on Twitter: @KNIAfzali

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British Muslim participation in UK census ‘critical’: researcher

17 March, 2021

Dr Serena Hussain, who has researched the UK census for over two decades, says it is critical for Muslims to stand up and be counted.

GCC chief in Baghdad amid Saudi-Iran backchannel negotiations

01 February, 2021

The GCC’s chief unannounced visit to Baghdad, where pro-Tehran factions dominate, came amid a report that Saudi Arabia and arch-rival Iran have been in backchannel negotiations for months.

Lebanese fashion model killed in suspected femicide

31 January, 2021

A Lebanon-based women's group has called for the strongest possible punishment for the perpetrator of Zeina Kanjo's brutal femicide.

Iran ready for Saudi talks if policy changes

24 January, 2021

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has suggested that Saudi Arabia’s policy shifts in the context of a friendlier US administration could lay the groundwork for dialogue between Tehran and Riyadh.

India's Assam state passes bill banning Islamic schools

01 January, 2021

The bill in Assam, home to India's notorious detention camps, replaces existing acts which legislated funding and support for Madrasas as part of state education.

Kuwaitis lambast appointment of all-male parliamentary committee for women

23 December, 2020

News of the appointment of three Islamists to a committee for women's rights was roundly criticised by Kuwaiti social media users, including prominent women's rights advocates and academics.

The New Arab's top reads on gender-based violence

25 November, 2020

The New Arab has curated articles shedding powerful light on the pressing issue of gender-based violence across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

German-Iraqi mother 'harassed by armed men' in Hebron

05 September, 2020

In a video shared widely on social media, Maryam Al-Azzawi condemned the Palestinian authorities for failing to protect her after she was reunited with her child.

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

24 June, 2020

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need to know

Condemned Iranian spy arrested 'months before' Soleimani assassination

10 June, 2020

Mahmoud Mousavi Majd had been detained and imprisoned by Iranian authorities months before Soleimani's assassination, the Iranian judiciary's official media outlet has since said.

Escaping the shadow pandemic of gender-based violence in Afghanistan

12 May, 2020

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Pandemics and profiteers: Middle East medical suppliers and Covid-19

16 April, 2020

In poor economies in the Middle East, surging consumer demands for face masks, protective gear and hand sanitiser have led to a bustling black market trade, full of questionable goods.

Kamal Afzali
Kamal Afzali

Kamal Afzali is a staff writer at The New Arab who specialises in Muslim affairs, and has a keen interest in the politics and society of Arabic and Persian-language speaking countries. Follow him on Twitter: @KNIAfzali

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