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Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by Arab authors this year.

Book Club: In Hijab and Red Lipstick, Yousra Imran alchemises her trauma into a semi-autobiographical novel that was hard to put down.

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Yousra Samir Imran

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

In-depth: The decision to transfer imprisoned activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism tribunal is proof that little progress has been made on women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

American Muslims won this election

Asad Dandia and Hamzah Raza

American Muslims won this election

Comment: Biden's victory affirms the power of those on the margins to organise, assert their voices, and radically transform the political ...

Why Some Bernie-supporting Arab-Americans are bypassing Biden for Trump

Khaled A. Beydoun

Why Some Bernie-supporting Arab-Americans are bypassing Biden for Trump

Comment: From factory workers to Gen-Zers, a range of Arab Americans rooting for Trump show their communities aren't monoliths, and Biden cannot ...

Gaia Caramazza

Turkey 'will not deport' Iranian anti-hijab activist: officials

Reports claimed the Turkish government promised it will not deport Shariatmadari, and that her detention was simply due to problems with her residency permit.

Yousra Samir Imran

Imperialism, patriarchy and the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian scholar Dr. Sa'ed Atshan to discuss his new book 'Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique'.

Yousra Samir Imran

Desperate and trapped, Gaza's youth turn to suicide

Amid growing desperation, Gaza is in the grip of a suicide crisis.

Yousra Samir Imran

Harrowing honour killing in Jordan sparks movement for justice

The brutal murder of a Jordanian woman by her father has put domestic violence under the spotlight.

Starbucks barista writes 'ISIS' on Muslim customer's cup

The New Arab Staff

Starbucks barista writes 'ISIS' on Muslim customer's cup

The 19-year-old told a press conference she was wearing a hijab when she made the order and repeated her name several times.

The New Arab

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East's resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

Muslim women who shattered stereotypes in the past year

Sami Rahman

Muslim women who shattered stereotypes in the past year

#IWD2020: For International Women’s Day, Sami Rahman looks at four Muslim women who have made history and shattered stereotypes in the ...

Amani Saeed: The poet championing Muslim women

Narjas Zatat

Amani Saeed: The poet championing Muslim women

The New Arab Meets: Iraqi-Indian poet Amani Saeed whose poetry celebrates Muslim womanhood and intersection of faith and feminine power, while ...

Muslim women writers who are changing the narrative

Sumaiyya Naseem

Muslim women writers who are changing the narrative

#IWD2020: For International Women's Day we list some female Muslim writers who are fighting the system back with words by contributing ...

A year on since It's Not About The Burqa

Tahmina Begum

A year on since It's Not About The Burqa

Book Club: With Brexit and new heights of Islamophobia in the UK, The New Arab speaks to some of the contributors about what they have learnt ...

The New Arab

US Air Force approves hijabs, turbans, beards on pilots

The US Air Force has updated its dress regulations and pilots will now be able to apply for a waiver to wear a beard, hijab or turban on religious grounds.

The New Arab

Saudi runaway Rahaf Mohammed faces abuse over bikini photo

Rahaf, who lives in Canada, became the target of trolls after she posted a photo on social media wearing a bikini.

Mariam Khan

#WorldHijabDay must show more to Muslim women than headscarves

World Hijab Day is a well-intentioned attempt to raise awareness about the prejudices Muslim women face, but is the ...

Sumaiyya Naseem

Other Words for Home: Starting a new life

Book Club: Jasmine Warga’s latest young adult novel traces the experiences of a young Syrian refugee starting a new life in America.

Meet Khadijah Mellah: The UK's first ever <em>hijab</em>-wearing jockey

Sami Rahman

Meet Khadijah Mellah: The UK's first ever hijab-wearing jockey

Khadijah, from Peckham, London who only sat on a racehorse for the first time in April, is the first British Muslim female jockey to wear a ...

The New Arab

Boss who 'racially abused' Muslim woman pays £22.5k compensation

A UK tribunal has awarded thousands in compensation to a Muslim woman called a ‘P*ki’ and ‘curry muncher’ by her director who fired her without ...

Man tortures Palestinian sister to death in honour killing

Diana Alghoul

Man tortures Palestinian sister to death in honour killing

Israa Ghrayeb, 21, was reportedly beaten to death by her brother because she posted a selfie with her partner a day before they were ...

Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide <em>Day</em>' in Bangladesh camps

The New Arab & agencies

Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Over 200,000 Rohingya rallied in a Bangladesh refugee camp on Sunday to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces.

UN demands freedom for detained Iran anti-mandatory <em>hijab</em> activists

The New Arab & agencies

UN demands freedom for detained Iran anti-mandatory hijab activists

A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws ...

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