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Sarah Markiewicz unravels the beloved diversity of learning Arabic, its regional varieties, and how recent events in the region have thrust technology into the heart of its pedagogical application.

Egyptian authorities arrested a man allegedly caught sexually assaulting a young girl in surveillance footage gone viral.

Shia Muslim powerhouse <em>al</em>-Sistani helped shape today’s Iraq

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Shia Muslim powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today’s Iraq

The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shia world, but his influence stretches beyond the religious.

Pope meets top Iraq Shia cleric in interfaith milestone

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Pope meets top Iraq Shia cleric in interfaith milestone

The two elderly, respected men of religion met at Sistani's humble home in the shrine city of Najaf on Saturday, the second day of the ...

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali <em>al</em>-Sistani: A groundbreaking dialogue

Sofia Nitti

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani: A groundbreaking dialogue

In-depth: There are high hopes in both Iraqi Christian and Shia Muslim communities ahead of Pope Francis' historic meeting with Grand Ayatollah ...

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's hoping he can satisfy them all, writes Harry Hagopian.

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

In-depth: Pope Francis is making history with his trip to Iraq, bringing a message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians while forging a path of ...

The New Arab Staff

Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

The 84-year-old pope will make his first visit to the country despite being in to coronavirus age risk group.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

For Egyptian activists abroad, a growing fear

Family members of Egyptian activists now living abroad are being targeted by security forces and arrested on vague charges, as an effort by ...

Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

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Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

The March 5-8 visit - the first ever by a pope - will include stops in Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya, Erbil, Mosul and Qaraqosh.

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Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas to discuss elections

Technical, legal and security issues must be resolved first, observers say, to ensure the first Palestinian votes in 15 years are not derailed ...

Pope, Muslim leader celebrate fraternity anniversary

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Pope, Muslim leader celebrate fraternity anniversary

Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb discussed a high-level commission to spread a greater mutual understanding and solidarity.

Pope to meet Shiite cleric Sistani on Iraq visit

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Pope to meet Shiite cleric Sistani on Iraq visit

Pope Francis will meet with a Shiite cleric during his visit to Iraq.

Saudi imams fired for not warning against Muslim Brotherhood

The New Arab Staff

Saudi imams fired for not warning against Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia's religious affairs minister said the move highlighted the importance of following state directives.

<em>Al</em> <em>Azhar</em> issues fatwa forbidding Muslim Brotherhood membership

The New Arab Staff

Al Azhar issues fatwa forbidding Muslim Brotherhood membership

The move follows similar actions by Saudi Arabia and the UAE's fatwa councils.

Azhar Al-Rubaie and Mohammed Qasim

Why suicide is on the rise among Iraqi youths

Young Iraqis are being driven to despair as dire economic conditions exacerbate a growing mental health crisis.

The New Arab Staff

UAE religious authority brands Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist organisation'

The UAE is the latest to take aim at the Muslim Brotherhood despite a global statement by Islamic scholars condemning such moves.

The New Arab Staff

Al-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith marriage were misunderstood

Professor Amna Nosseir sparked public outcry after she said there is no text in Islamic law that prevents a Muslim woman from marrying a ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi council urged to review Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist' designation

Islamic scholars are calling for unity in the face of ideological differences after Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars called the Muslim ...

France FM in Egypt affirms 'deep respect for Islam'

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France FM in Egypt affirms 'deep respect for Islam'

Jean-Yves Le Drian met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and will also meet Ahmed al-Tayeb, ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

France FM in Egypt following Prophet Muhammad cartoons controversy

Jean-Yves Le Drian would meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand ...

Egypt condemns Prophet Muhammad cartoons, calls for ban

The New Arab Staff

Egypt condemns Prophet Muhammad cartoons, calls for ban

President Sisi and Al-Azhar have both condemned the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in France.

Azhar's top sheikh slams France's 'systemic Islamophobia'

The New Arab Staff

Azhar's top sheikh slams France's 'systemic Islamophobia'

The head of Egypt's most prestigious Sunni Islamic institution said slammed France's recent attacks on Islam, including insults against the ...

France has shut down dozens of mosques, Islamic schools

The New Arab Staff

France has shut down dozens of mosques, Islamic schools

France has shut down more than 70 mosques and private Islamic schools since January, authorities have confirmed.

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