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Hisham al-Hashimi's killing sparked an outpouring of grief, with many perceiving his murder as the latest manifestation of how powerful Iran-backed militias have become.

Ethiopia is the most coveted target of the ongoing scramble for the Horn of Africa.

Saudi Arabia's faltering divide and rule strategy in Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Saudi Arabia's faltering divide and rule strategy in Yemen

While seeking to keep Yemen weak and divided, yet with no real long-term plan for its political future, Saudi Arabia has inadvertently limited its own influence in the conflict.

No, radical Islam has not taken root in Bosnia

Alia Alex Čizmić and Ricard Gonzalez

No, radical Islam has not taken root in Bosnia

Islam adopted a more prominent role within Bosnian society after the country's bloody civil war, but radical interpretations have never taken ...

Saudi Arabia purges university books containing 'Muslim Brotherhood ideologies'

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia purges university books containing 'Muslim Brotherhood ideologies'

Saudi's ministry of education says it has destroyed academic literature containing 'Muslim Brotherhood ideas' which it claimed harmed the ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Geopolitical competition fractures Yemen's al-Mahra province

In-depth: The power struggle over Yemen's eastern al-Mahra province represents a deeper fracturing of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Calls for Coptic women to cover up spark debate

A popular Coptic priest's calls for women to cover up more in church has shone a light on campaigns across the country for more conservative ...

The New Arab & agencies

Scandinavian hikers' murder trial to open in Morocco

Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland had their throats slit before they were beheaded in ...

The New Arab & agencies

Morocco's 'pilgrimage of the poor' honours Sufi Muslim saint

Every summer, Moroccans, many of whom can't afford to travel to Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, flock to the grave of a Sufi saint in ...

Who's who in Syria?

The New Arab

Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

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 ...

Saudi Arabia arrests woman for sympathising with feminist activists

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia arrests woman for sympathising with feminist activists

Mayya al-Zahrani was arrested hours after posting comments on the arrest of a fellow female activist, a worrying show of Saudi online ...

What is terrorism?

Zohra El-Mokhtari

What is terrorism?

Comment: Broad and shifting definitions of 'terrorism' have given states free rein to act with impunity, writes Zohra el-Mokhtari.

France and Tunisia's war or terror: An introduction

Warda Mohamed

France and Tunisia's war or terror: An introduction

Comment: 'How do we define terrorism?' and who should be classed as a 'terrorist'? Warda Mohammed introduces this special series on responses to ...

From the mystical to the political: What is Sufism?

Eric Geoffroy

From the mystical to the political: What is Sufism?

Comment: The call to pluralism within Sufism is celebrated, and different interpretations encouraged, writes Eric Geoffroy.

Hassina Mechai

Using and abusing the state of emergency

Comment: The amorphous concept of 'terrorism' has created the opportunity for both foreign and domestic wars, writes Hassina Mechai.

The New Arab & agencies

French 'Islamic State executioner' killed: sources

Maxime Hauchard, a French jihadist sought by French and US authorities since emerging in an Islamic State execution video in Syria, has been ...

Umar Lateef Misgar

Could Islamic State make inroads in Kashmir?

Analysis: The appearance of IS insignia at a militant's funeral in Kashmir raises important questions, writes Umar Lateef Misgar.

Taufiq Wan

Muslims or mystics? Demystifying Sufism after Egypt's deadly attack

Extremists hold Islam - which inextricably includes Sufism - as it is normatively practiced around the world in contempt. Egypt's deadly attack ...

 Saudi-backed <em>Salafism</em>: A Security Challenge for India?

Umer Beigh

Saudi-backed Salafism: A Security Challenge for India?

Analysis: The Indian government has banned a number of Saudi-linked clerics, yet the amount of foreign money funding Indian schools and ...

Robert Springborg

A Saudi political earthquake decapitates the system of princes

Comment: King Salman and his son have cut off the head of the princely system, but its body remains entrenched in key governmental agencies, ...

Jeremy Corbyn's silence on Syria is hypocritical

Sam Hamad

Jeremy Corbyn's silence on Syria is hypocritical

Comment: Jeremy Corbyn believes one cannot be selective on human rights issues - which makes his position on Syria all the more troubling, ...

Libyan town blames teen suicides on 'satanic internet game'

The New Arab

Libyan town blames teen suicides on 'satanic internet game'

A series of suicides among teenagers and children in the city of Beyda in Libya has been blamed on Charlie Charlie, an internet ...

The UAE has it in for the Muslim Brotherhood

Marc Cher-Leparrain

The UAE has it in for the Muslim Brotherhood

The long read: UAE foreign policy has been actively fighting political Islam in all its forms, pitting the Emirates directly against Qatar and ...

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