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Saudi cleric Mohammad al-Issa, who heads the Saudi-funded Muslim World League, called the fight against anti-Jewish hatred 'a religious obligation and a moral obligation'

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

Assad wants Syrians to learn the Russian language

The New Arab

Assad wants Syrians to learn the Russian language

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Syrians should learn the Russian language to counter "Western and extremist influence", as the two war allies grow closer.

Relaxing travel restrictions a 'bittersweet victory' for Saudi women

Sophia Akram

Relaxing travel restrictions a 'bittersweet victory' for Saudi women

Despite Saudi reforms on women's rights, much of the kingdom's draconian gender-based laws remain intact, writes Sophia Akram.

Moon wars: Exposing Saudi Arabia's 'fake' lunar sightings

Taufiq Wan

Moon wars: Exposing Saudi Arabia's 'fake' lunar sightings

Has Saudi Arabia been faking lunar sightings ahead of Eid and Ramadan? This British Muslim is one of a growing number who think so.

Eldar Mamedov

The dark side of the UAE

Comment: The UAE positions itself as a successful model of a Muslim society in the 21st century, but Abu Dhabi is hiding a much less glamorous side, writes Eldar Mamedov.

Sam Hamad

Khashoggi and the Arab Spring: A Saudi counter-revolution

Comment: The ruthless killing of Jamal Khashoggi fits squarely within Mohammed bin Salman's brutal and ongoing counter-revolution, writes Sam ...

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 ...

Omar Baddar

Israel openly promotes Islamic State ideology

Comment: Preaching sectarianism is just one of many ways Israel is changing the way it does PR in the Trump era, writes Omar Baddar.

Being pro-Palestine and pro-Assad doesn't add up

Sam Hamad

Being pro-Palestine and pro-Assad doesn't add up

Comment: From Israel to Syria, all tyranny is worthy of outrage, writes Sam Hamad.

James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ...

Turning Qatar into an island

James M. Dorsey

Turning Qatar into an island

Comment: Saudi Arabia's proposed channel separating it from Qatar sends a message of polarisation and division, rather than regional ...

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.

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

James M. Dorsey

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of ...

Saudi schoolbooks still contain 'violent and intolerant' content

The New Arab

Saudi schoolbooks still contain 'violent and intolerant' content

Saudi Arabia has failed to implement reforms that would remove 'violent and intolerant' content in schoolbooks that are aimed against religious ...

Nael M. Shama

Riyalpolitik and black gold: The scourge of the petrodollar

Comment: Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is using the kingdom's vast wealth to back dictators, toy with the fates of other nations and ignite sectarianism, writes Nael Shama.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi preacher shot dead in Guinea village

Abdulaziz bin Abdulmohsen al-Twaijri was shot dead after organising a prayer service 'that was not to the taste of the local population', local ...

Paul Iddon

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and Iran are both undertaking cultural reforms, but both face challenegs in shaking up society too quickly, writes Paul ...

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 ...

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Bachar Halabi

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Comment: The Saudi leadership understands the need to play the image game, selling tokenistic women's rights reforms while arresting hundreds of ...

Charlotte Phillips

On the road to Karbala with Iran's young pilgrims

Blog: Somewhere between 20-22 million Shia men and women are descending upon the Iraqi city of Karbala following a long, arduous pilgrimage on ...

A Saudi political earthquake decapitates the system of princes

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, ...

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens ...

UAE's Washington ambassador Otaiba: Saudi leaders are crazy

The New Arab

UAE's Washington ambassador Otaiba: Saudi leaders are crazy

The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington has mocked Saudi Arabia as "f***in coo coo!" in the latest series of emails to be leaked from ...

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