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Engineering a space to deep dive into Arabic history, Afikra is a movement of curious people keen to host lectures, debates, interviews and more recently, Covid-19 friendly digital gatherings.

Behnam Mahjoubi, a member of the Gonabadi Dervishes, Iran's largest Sufi order, suffers from a serious panic disorder.

Saudi textbooks slammed over 'hateful language' against religious minorities

The New Arab Staff

Saudi textbooks slammed over 'hateful language' against religious minorities

Human Rights Watch has found that the current school textbooks maintain language that disparages practices associated with religious minorities.

Afghanistan's female entrepreneurs face battle to survive Covid-19 pandemic

Charlie Faulkner

Afghanistan's female entrepreneurs face battle to survive Covid-19 pandemic

Following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, women in Afghanistan, who already had a tough time getting their businesses off the ...

The female whirling dervishes reclaiming Afghanistan’s <em>Sufi</em> heritage

Nadia Khan

The female whirling dervishes reclaiming Afghanistan’s Sufi heritage

Fahima Mirzaie is hoping to reclaim Afghanistan’s deep-rooted Sufi heritage with her strong female lead Kabul-based Sufi dance ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

A Sudan in transition presents first-ever film for Oscars

Acclaimed coming-of-age story 'You Will Die at Twenty' is only the eight film to have been made inside Sudan.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The women who served as a deadly Taliban duo

Muzghan and her aunt Nasreen walked free from jail in September after confessing to being members of the Taliban's ultra-violent Haqqani network.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Thousands protest in Senegal over Mohammed cartoons

Thousands of people demonstrated in the Senegalese capital Dakar against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and French President Emmanuel Macron's ...

The New Arab Staff

Saddam Hussein's right hand man Izzat Al-Douri 'dies'

Izzat Al-Douri died at the age of 78 in Iraq, the Baath Party announced on Monday.

Egypt singer adds modern touch to Islamic chanting

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt singer adds modern touch to Islamic chanting

Mahmoud al-Tohamy talks about his Islamic chanting, Sufism and Islamic plurality.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pilgrims to converge on Senegal's holy city despite virus

This year's Magal, a mass religious festival of a powerful Sufi Muslim order, has raised fears of a potential superspreader event in ...

Young Afghan women, men perform whirling <em>Sufi</em> dance together

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Young Afghan women, men perform whirling Sufi dance together

Young Afghans are embracing Sufi dance in which spin repetitively in prayer and seek to lose themselves in a spiritual trance that they ...

Iran hackers 'bypassing Whatsapp encryption' to target dissent: reports

The New Arab Staff

Iran hackers 'bypassing Whatsapp encryption' to target dissent: reports

The reports point to major technological strides for Iran's cyberespionage capabilities.

IS occupies four villages in Egypt's Sinai

The New Arab Staff

IS occupies four villages in Egypt's Sinai

Wilayat Sinai, Egypt's Islamic State group affiliate, has occupied four villages in the north of the Sinai peninsula for nearly a week.

The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

Assia Belgacem

The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

Book Club: Medina Tenour Whiteman contemplates identity and belonging in a poignant memoir on her experiences as a white Muslim.

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

Divide and survive: Ethiopia balances Gulf, Turkey ties

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

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Blast in southern Pakistan kills three

At least three people were killed in Pakistan after an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle of security personnel in the city ...

Aisha Yusuff

An essential reading list on Black Muslim history

Book Club: Aisha Yusuff recommends ten books to understand the legacy and contribution of Black Muslims to Islamic history.

Sahar Esfandiari

How Islam was erased from Rumi's poetry

A new online campaign, Rumi Was Muslim, seeks to rectify the whitewashing and mistranslations of the renowned 13th-century Persian poet and ...

Ramadan: In Baghdad, calls to pray keep coronavirus away

The New Arab & agencies

Ramadan: In Baghdad, calls to pray keep coronavirus away

In Baghad, calls to prayer are being used to talk about Covid-19.

Diana Alghoul

How Ramadan is an opportunity for spiritual growth

Hypnotherapist Sotoda Saifi explains why it's important to embody heightened spirituality this Ramadan.

Turkish plane flies in medical aid to hard-hit US

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish plane flies in medical aid to hard-hit US

Turkey’s deputy foreign minister, Selim Yavuz Kiran, and the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, were at the military airbase to see ...

Top five Ramadan podcasts to beat the lockdown blues

Diana Alghoul

Top five Ramadan podcasts to beat the lockdown blues

Many Muslims are starting their own podcasts or series to share the knowledge they have. Here's a list of some Islamic-themed podcasts to listen ...

Turkey flies medical aid to help UK battle coronavirus

The New Arab

Turkey flies medical aid to help UK battle coronavirus

Turkey delivered boxes of protective gear to the UKimprinted with the Rumi quote: “After hopelessness, there is so much hope and after darkness, ...

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