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The world bid farewell to the celebrated poet Mourid Barghouti in February. A champion of the Palestinian cause, Palestinian authors share their memories of the great writer.

Social media users saw the appearance of Sameera Fazili, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, as symbolising the shift away from the Trump administration's disdain for Muslims.

British police trial anti-grab <em>hijab</em> in Muslim recruitment bid

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British police trial anti-grab hijab in Muslim recruitment bid

Leicestershire Police say the hijabs will be rolled out to more officers if the trial is successful.

Women cartoon characters must 'wear <em>hijab</em>', rules Iran's Khamenei

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Women cartoon characters must 'wear hijab', rules Iran's Khamenei

Wearing the hijab and modest clothing became mandatory for women in Iran, following the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Disqualified hijabi athlete inspires US volleyball tournament rule change

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Disqualified hijabi athlete inspires US volleyball tournament rule change

Valor Collegiate Prep freshman volleyball player Najah Aqeel was not allowed to play in a match because she didn't have a waiver to wear her ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Indonesia bans mandatory Islamic 'hijab' scarves for schoolgirls

Following the case of a Christian student, Indonesia has banned schools from forcing its female students to wear head scarves.

Malia Bouattia

60 years after Algerian liberation, France is distorting history

Comment: As long as France refuses to acknowledge its crimes in Algeria and the need for reparations, the report's empty gestures will count for ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

France's Le Pen proposes hijab ban

The far-right leader has called for a total ban on the Muslim headscarf in public places.

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Two gay men publicly lashed 77 times in Indonesia

Two men who were allegedly caught by neighbour having sex, were publicly whipped 77 times each in Aceh province.

Florida anti-protest bill threatens even tighter chokehold on communities

Hiba Rahim

Florida anti-protest bill threatens even tighter chokehold on communities

Comment: Conservatives in Florida are introducing a new anti-protest bill, but make no mistake about its intended target, writes Hiba Rahim.

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Muslim groups submit UN complaint over France's 'structural Islamophobia'

A collective of organisations has called on the UN to take action and put an end to anti-Muslim actions and policies in France.

UK imams mobilise to counter Coronavirus vaccine disinformation

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UK imams mobilise to counter Coronavirus vaccine disinformation

Islamic religious leaders in the UK are coming together to tackle false information about the coronavirus vaccine.

The racist legacy of outgoing US President Donald Trump

Narjas Zatat

The racist legacy of outgoing US President Donald Trump

It is Donald Trump's last official day as President of the United States, and his departure is a good time to look back on his problematic ...

London school threatens legal action over Muslim student's skirt

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London school threatens legal action over Muslim student's skirt

Siham Hamud, 12, described being bullied for her religious beliefs after being sent home everyday in December for wearing a skirt her school ...

Muslim official 'forced to remove <em>hijab</em>' in police custody

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Muslim official 'forced to remove hijab' in police custody

A Muslim elected official is filing a lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia after she was forced to remove her hijab in ...

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream Muslims who do not traditionally recognise female imamship

Elias Jahshan

The best books by Arab authors in 2020

Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by Arab authors this ...

Diana Alghoul

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

Book Club: In Hijab and Red Lipstick, Yousra Imran alchemises her trauma into a semi-autobiographical novel that was hard to put down.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Austria court overturns primary school headscarf ban

Austria's constitutional court overturned a law banning the headscarf in primary schools.

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Yousra Samir Imran

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

In-depth: The decision to transfer imprisoned activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism tribunal is proof that little progress has been made ...

Sadek Hamid

Islamophobia and the rise of respectable racism in France

Book Club: Jim Wolfreys illuminates both the uniqueness of France's anti-Muslim backlash and its broader implications for the West.

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

Sam Hamad

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

Comment: The Egyptian and French presidents are attempting to control the meaning of Islam to enact their domestic, authoritarian agendas, ...

Iran lawyer back in prison after temporary release: husband

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran lawyer back in prison after temporary release: husband

According to her husband, Nasrin Sotoudeh's health deteriorated badly behind bars.

Halima Aden acted with integrity, Muslim twitter should too

Yousra Samir Imran

Halima Aden acted with integrity, Muslim twitter should too

Comment: Aden's choice to quit fashion unleashed a torrent of opinions on Muslim twitter about the hijab, showing a shocking lack of ...

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