The New Arab Logo

Breaking News

A court in Algeria has sentenced an anti-government activist to 10 years in prison for ‘inciting atheism’ after a Koran with a page ripped out was found at his home

Egypt's top translation institution has barred foreign books that criticise religion or violate social values, with fears it could extend to political literature.

The 'Karakax Leaks' prove China is committing cultural genocide

CJ Werleman

The 'Karakax Leaks' prove China is committing cultural genocide

Opinion: Documents leaked of China's treatment of Uighur Muslims are final proof Beijing is carrying out cultural genocide in Xinjiang, or what was once independent East Turkestan, writes CJ Werleman.

How China uses tech to monitor, detain, brainwash Uighurs

James Snell

How China uses tech to monitor, detain, brainwash Uighurs

Comment: The Chinese government is conducting mass surveillance, imprisonment and brainwashing of Uighurs under the guise of 'education and ...

Egypt atheist blogger on hunger strike over travel ban

The New Arab

Egypt atheist blogger on hunger strike over travel ban

Egypt has detained a Coptic activist and secular blogger in recent months.

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia says feminism is not 'extremism'

Saudi Arabia released a controversial video last week, condemning feminism and atheism as 'extremism'.

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia to 'lash, imprison' extremist feminists

Lawyers believe lashing and imprisonment are among the punitive measure facing Saudi citizens found guilty of engaging in homosexuality and ...

The New Arab

Feminism, homosexuality placed on Saudi Arabia's extremism list

Saudi Arabia’s counter-extremism department announced the move on Twitter, where it warned its citizens and nationals to remain cautious against ...

The New Arab

Morocco under fire for mixing of prayer and music

International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) decried mixing call to prayer with music during a ceremony attended by Pope Francis and Morocco ...

The ayatollah, the novelist and the fatwa

Khaled Diab

The ayatollah, the novelist and the fatwa

Comment: In the 30 years since Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini sent Salman Rushdie a Valentine’s from hell, efforts by extremists to kill or scare the ...

The New Arab

Atheist blogger appeals for $100,000 'escape Egypt' fund

Sharif Gaber needs $100,000 to buy a foreign passport and leave Egypt, whose secret police have placed him under a travel ban and threatened him ...

Pope Francis to hold historic first mass in UAE

The New Arab

Pope Francis to hold historic first mass in UAE

Pope Francis will become the first Catholic Pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula - but the UAE has not always been tolerant of religions other ...

Explainer: China's persecution of Uighur Muslims

Florence Dixon

Explainer: China's persecution of Uighur Muslims

The New Arab explains the long history behind the recent revelations of China's persecution of the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang province.

The Uighur Muslim crisis is worse than you think

CJ Werleman

The Uighur Muslim crisis is worse than you think

Comment: Surveillance, GPS tracking and 'reeducation' are all part of China's brutal treatment of Uighur Muslims, writes CJ Werleman.

Haïfa al-Amin: A step towards social equality in Iraq

Quentin Muller and Sebastian Castelier

Haïfa al-Amin: A step towards social equality in Iraq

The New Arab Meets: Haïfa al-Amin, the Communist Party candidate who, after winning a seat in May's election, prepares to take office with ...

Alain Gresh

Revolution without revolutionaries: Making sense of the Arab Spring

Book review: Asef Bayat takes a fascinating look at the forces driving the Arab Spring, and the reasons for events that followed, writes Alain Gresh.

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

How right is the Left in the Islamic world?

Comment: The Islamic Left may have ended up more Islamic and less leftist, but intellectuals' leftist utopia has long been abandoned even in the ...

Khaled Diab

Egypt's Jekyll and Hyde approach to atheists

Comment: Atheists in Egypt have been enjoying greater public acceptance, but their increased visibility has also resulted in shrill panic ...

The New Arab

Atheist blogger arrested in Egypt for anti-Islam criticism

Egyptian police have arrested an atheist blogger who was previously detained for promoting his views, a rights lawyer said on Saturday.

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ...

The New Arab

Egypt atheist YouTuber faces possible jail time for videos

An Egyptian atheism advocate could face up to five years in prison for "insulting Islam" after lawyers filed a lawsuit against him over ...

Dawkins to give away free <em>atheism</em> books to Muslims

The New Arab

Dawkins to give away free atheism books to Muslims

Richard Dawkins said he will translate his books into a range of different languages to target those in Muslim countries.

Kurdish autonomy is part of self-determination for all Syrians

Robin Yassin-Kassab

Kurdish autonomy is part of self-determination for all Syrians

Comment: The Syrian opposition needs Turkey's support, and has had it, but it should not back Ankara's occupation of Afrin, writes Robin ...

Egypt lawmaker moves to criminalise <em>atheism</em> amid moral panic

The New Arab

Egypt lawmaker moves to criminalise atheism amid moral panic

An Egyptian lawmaker has announced plans to criminalise disbelief in God as voices grow louder in the country for punishing atheists.

Most Popular

Most Popular