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

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.

In France, Ramadan marks temporary respite for Muslims

Florence Massena

In France, Ramadan marks temporary respite for Muslims

As a draconic Muslim-targeted legislation is passed in France on the eve of Ramadan, Florence Massena finds out the sentiments of French Muslims and what may lie ahead.

Muslim leaders and NHS urge continued vaccinations over Ramadan

Yousra Samir Imran

Muslim leaders and NHS urge continued vaccinations over Ramadan

Muslim scholars have ruled that the COVID-19 vaccine does not break the fast, as leaders hope that Ramadan will not impact vaccination roll-out ...

Sarah Shaffi

Ramadan reading list: 20 books by Muslim authors

From across the literary spectrum, Sarah Shaffi picks her favourite reads for you to delve into during the month of Ramadan.

The New Arab Staff

Yemeni model held in Houthi prison threatens hunger strike

Entisar Al-Hammadi is a model and actress who has been kidnapped by the Yemeni rebel Houthi group, and is now threatening to go on hunger strike.

Yousra Samir Imran

A path towards ally-ship: Reframing 'The Muslim Problem'

The New Arab Meets: Tawseef Khan, author of The Muslim Problem. In it, he elegantly deconstructs myths surrounding Islam, whilst confronting the ...

The New Arab Staff

Iranian TV censors Tottenham v Man United over woman

Iranian state TV is regularly censored over words or images that do not align with the Islamic Republic's values.

France 'to ban Algerian flags' at weddings

The New Arab Staff

France 'to ban Algerian flags' at weddings

France is seeking to ban foreign flags at weddings under a new amendment of the controversial 'anti-separatism' bill, which critics say unfairly ...

Nick McAlpin

Yemeni model kidnapped by Houthis, family forced into silence

Yemeni model Entisar Al-Hammadi was kidnapped over a month ago by Houthi rebels.

Ballad of a White Cow: A journey for justice

Davide Abbatescianni

Ballad of a White Cow: A journey for justice

Film Review: Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam's moving drama centres on Mina, who devastatingly learns of her husband's execution for a ...

New start for Paris mosque closed after teacher's murder

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

New start for Paris mosque closed after teacher's murder

Some 200 worshippers returned for Friday prayers at the 1,300-person capacity mosque in Pantin.

Souad: The young, the real, the virtual

Davide Abbatescianni

Souad: The young, the real, the virtual

Film Review: Ayten Amin’s sophomore feature is an intimate look at the life of a 19-year-old girl's transition into adulthood, who dreams of ...

Irish MEPs promote militias accused of Iraq atrocities: video

The New Arab Staff

Irish MEPs promote militias accused of Iraq atrocities: video

Video footage has surfaced showing two Irish MEPs visiting a headquarters of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militia, which has committed ...

The New Arab Staff

France hijab ban for under 18s triggers critical backlash

A senate vote in France to ban on anyone under the 18 wearing the hijab, part of a controversial anti-separatism bill, has prompted an angry backlash online.

The New Arab Staff

London university gets its first hijabi student union president

Shaima Dallali warned students and universities are facing pressure from the UK government to adopt legislation that would "hinder the students' ...

The New Arab Staff

Shamima Begum 'left suicidal' after death of her children

Shamima Begum said losing her children to conditions of war sent her mental health spiralling.

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Iran grants rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh leave from prison

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was granted a temporary leave of absence from prison for the Persian New Year.

Jailed French tourist in Iran charged with spying

The New Arab Staff

Jailed French tourist in Iran charged with spying

Benjamin Briere was arrested by Iranian authorities after taking photos near the Turkmenistan-Iran border.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pop video featuring US porn star sparks Iran arrests

Iranian authorities have arrested multiple music producers connected to Sasy, a California-based Iranian pop singer who featured Alexis Texas, ...

Chinese embassy official in Pakistan in 'belly dancer' scandal

The New Arab Staff

Chinese embassy official in Pakistan in 'belly dancer' scandal

Zhang Heqing - China's cultural counsellor at Beijing's embassy in Pakistan - captioned the post: 'Off your hijab, let me see your ...

Flower protest in Paris for Iranian no-headscarf activist

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Flower protest in Paris for Iranian no-headscarf activist

During a protest organized by Amnesty International in Paris on International Women's Day, activists laid flowers near the Iranian Embassy to ...

Clubhouse app creates a buzz in the Middle East

Yousra Samir Imran

Clubhouse app creates a buzz in the Middle East

Bringing people together during the pandemic, this newest by-invite-only app is providing a space for Arabs, regardless of background, to ...

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