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An Algerian academic is facing death threats over comments he made on common Islamic practices.

A large number of worshippers are doing the pilgrimage to the tomb of Prophet Hud in Yemen despite the war and the pandemic.

Remarkable Muslim women throughout history

Nadia Khan

Remarkable Muslim women throughout history

This International Women's Day, we want to celebrate brave and progressive Muslim women throughout history.

The female whirling dervishes reclaiming Afghanistan’s Sufi 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 and performing ...

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

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 believe unites them with God.

Tahmina Begum

A History of Islam in 21 Women

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

Sylvain Mercadier

Syrian Sufis fear extremists fighting alongside Turkish army

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

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 ...

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 ...

Agroforestry empowers Morocco's mountain women

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 ...

Meet the Kasnazani

Sylvain Mercadier

Meet the Kasnazani

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

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

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.

Rentier Islamism: Politics and religion in Arab Gulf societies

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, ...

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 Moulay Driss Zerhoun.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Sinai attack shows Sisi has lost control

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 ...

IS warned against 'Sufi rituals' days before mosque attack

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 ...

Muslims or mystics? Demystifying <em>Sufism</em> after Egypt's deadly attack

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 ...

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