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Book Club: Hossein Kamaly celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of extraordinary women in the history of Islam.

With the ongoing Turkish offensive in Syria, the Sufi community in Amudeh city, northern Syria, fear they may be one of their many victims.

Praneet Soi responds to Palestine and Kashmir-conflicts through art

Georgia Beeston

Praneet Soi responds to Palestine and Kashmir-conflicts through art

Praneet Soi's exhibition tracks his time in both Palestine and Kashmir to offer the audience a glimpse of his experience in each location.

Egypt destroys Sufi mosque to make way for highway

The New Arab

Egypt destroys Sufi mosque to make way for highway

Egypt's president has ordered the demolition of a Sufi mosque and shrine in the coastal city of Alexandria to make way for a highway despite ...

Palestinian feminine mysticism in the Sufi corners of Nablus

Aziza Nofal

Palestinian feminine mysticism in the Sufi corners of Nablus

Contrary to many other Arab countries, Sufis in Palestine are able to practice freely, with Sufis in Nablus having corners for women to bathe ...

Monica Pelliccia

Agroforestry empowers Morocco's mountain women

Feature: The Femmes du Rif have boosted the value of their 329 members' olive oil, leading to remarkable social impacts ranging from better education for their children to improved infrastructure.

Sylvain Mercadier

Meet the Kasnazani

WARNING: Extremely graphic content. The Qadiriyeh Kasnazani practice a form of Sufism with rituals including smashing glass with their ...

The New Arab & agencies

Al-Shabab kill Somali cleric, followers over music at gatherings

Somali militants Al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for the killing of a Sufi cleric and 17 of his followers, in the north of the country.

Andrew Leber

Rentier Islamism: Politics and religion in Arab Gulf societies

Book Club: Courtney Freer's timely offering provides important new insights into political Islam in the Gulf, and the region's current schism, ...

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

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran hangs Sufi over alleged killing of 3 policemen

Rights groups criticised the execution and death penalty, noting Iran's courts declined to hear eyewitnesses that could have exonerated Mohammad ...

From the mystical to the political: What is <em>Sufism</em>?

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.

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

Usman Butt

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

Book review: Irwin revisits the Arab world's most famous thinker, and tries to dismantle the idea of him as a modern man living in premodern ...

Five officers killed in overnight Sufi protests in Iran

The New Arab & agencies

Five officers killed in overnight Sufi protests in Iran

Five police officers were killed during a protest held by Sufis who were demonstrating against the arrest of members of the sect.

Libya's Sufi shrines under attack by 'extremist militias': HRW

The New Arab & agencies

Libya's Sufi shrines under attack by 'extremist militias': HRW

Human Rights Watch has condemned a series of attacks against Sufi shrines in Libya carried out by 'extremist' militia groups.

Sam Hamad

Sinai attack shows Sisi has lost control

Comment: Sisi's reign of terror against those who seek justice has created an ideal incubator for radical violent ideologies such as that of the Islamic State group, writes Sam Hamad.

The New Arab

IS warned against 'Sufi rituals' days before mosque attack

Villagers in Egypt where militants killed 305 people in a mosque had been warned by Islamic State to stop collaborating with security forces and ...

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 ...

The New Arab

The Egypt Report: Looking for Ahmed Shafiq

Our new weekly round-up of news from Egypt

Usman Butt

Lie down on a couch with the Arabic Freud

Book review: The growth of psychoanalysis as a popular science in the Middle East in the post-war period encourages another look at classical ...

Pink Floyd and the cultural boycott of Israel

Hadani Ditmars

Pink Floyd and the cultural boycott of Israel

Blog: Roger Waters, Pink Floyd star and Israel boycott activist, is facing a coordinated smear campaign as he starts a tour of Canada, writes ...

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

Usman Butt

Political Islam in Tunisia: The history of Ennahda

Book review: Ennahdha has until recently been impossible to investigate. Wolf's book sheds important light on one of Tunisia’s most influential ...

Is Tariq Ramadan whitewashing Iranian brutality in Syria?

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Is Tariq Ramadan whitewashing Iranian brutality in Syria?

Comment: It's high time that respected academic and Muslim thinker, Tariq Ramadan publicly recognised that Iran's actions in Syria and beyond ...

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