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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.

Comment: Too often, narratives of resilience are told in place of critique, letting those responsible for crony politics, corruption and human rights abuses off the hook, writes Nadine Talaat.

Meet Fady Qaddoura, Indiana's first Muslim state senator

Brooke Anderson

Meet Fady Qaddoura, Indiana's first Muslim state senator

Palestinian-American Fady Qaddoura will be the first Muslim to serve in the Indiana Senate. A Democrat in a Republican stronghold, he wants to find common ground to solve local problems.

Qatar sends field hospitals to treat Iraq's coronavirus patients

The New Arab Staff

Qatar sends field hospitals to treat Iraq's coronavirus patients

Qatar has sent two field hospitals, including medical supplies and 250 beds, to help Iraq in its ongoing battle with Covid-19.

On World Refugee Day, let's remember our revolutionary refugees

Noor Ghazal Aswad

On World Refugee Day, let's remember our revolutionary refugees

Comment: We must expand our understanding of the refugee figure beyond the spectacle of suffering, to a celebration of bravery and revolution, ...

Malia Bouattia

A Ramadan like no other

Comment: Malia Bouattia contemplates what a Ramadan under lockdown can teach us about resistance to injustice, and resilience in times of adversity.

Mariam Khan

British Muslims are keeping community spirit alive this Ramadan

Ramadan in lockdown still feels fractured, but new creative online spaces and efforts to care for the vulnerable are a testament to thriving ...

Alya Mooro

Growing closer to God during Ramadan under lockdown

For many Muslims around the world, Ramadan under lockdown is a chance to reconnect with God.

Austin Bodetti

How coronavirus has changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

This year, Ramadan will bear little resemblance to the celebrations that have coloured Islam's history for centuries.

SpongeBob surprises Muslims with Ramadan message

The New Arab

SpongeBob surprises Muslims with Ramadan message

From the depths of the Pacific Ocean, SpongeBob had a special message for those beginning the fasting month.

The New Arab

Ramadan 2020: Keeping the faith in times of adversity

The New Arab curates the best Ramadan 2020 content in celebration of the holy Muslim month.

Together Against Coronavirus: Shining a spotlight on frontline heroes

The New Arab

Together Against Coronavirus: Shining a spotlight on frontline heroes

In this special series, The New Arab profiles charities, organisations, and initiatives leading the response against the coronavirus pandemic ...

In Algeria, Hirak protest movement continues with 'Coronavirus Radio'

The New Arab & agencies

In Algeria, Hirak protest movement continues with 'Coronavirus Radio'

With people forced to socially isolate in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, one radio host has found a novel way to keep the Hirak protest ...

'True friend' China helps Algeria battle coronavirus

The New Arab & agencies

'True friend' China helps Algeria battle coronavirus

With 1,171 officially declared cases, including 105 deaths, Algeria is worse hit than its North African neighbours Tunisia and Morocco, and its ...

Lebanon needs more than social distancing to beat coronavirus

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon needs more than social distancing to beat coronavirus

Comment: A track record of 'deliberate inaction' when it comes to policymaking has left Lebanon completely ill-equipped to tackle the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Pope joins chorus of condemnation against Trump’s Mideast Plan

Pope Francis has called Donald Trump's Middle East plan 'unfair' to Palestinians.

Malia Bouattia

Papicha: A cinematic battle cry for Algerian women

Comment: Meddour's new film, 'Papicha' highlights the role of women in defining Algeria's revolutionary past, present and future, writes Malia ...

Florence Dixon

Iranian musician leads Middle Eastern 'peace album' collaboration

'My one only weapon to fight for freedom is by making music': The New Arab Meets: Mehdi Rajabian who has made an album taking a stand against ...

The New Arab

Controversial US peace plan 'to raise $50bn' for Palestine

The White House said the controversial initiative had the power to transform the troubled Palestinian economy by creating more than one million ...

The future of Egypt and uniting the youth

Karsen Breanne

The future of Egypt and uniting the youth

Egypt's youth should find a way to put aside their differences in favour of becoming a unified front in the face of oppression, writes Karsen ...

Sami Rahman

Muslim women can jump: Defying stereotypes in sports

Society: As more and more Muslim women take the sporting world by storm, seeing the hijab in a stadium, or even the ring, is quickly becoming ...

Ambassador of Islam: Talking religion with Professor Akbar Ahmed

Sadek Hamid

Ambassador of Islam: Talking religion with Professor Akbar Ahmed

Book Club: Dr Sadek Hamid speaks to Professor Akbar Ahmed, author of more than a dozen award-winning books, including the celebrated Discovering ...

The truly dangerous homegrown extremists

Khaled Diab

The truly dangerous homegrown extremists

Comment: Despite the hype about Islamists, the truly terrifying threats for the future of Europe and America are far-right extremists, who are ...

We must listen to the forgotten voices of Idlib

Bahia Mardini

We must listen to the forgotten voices of Idlib

Comment: Our fight for a free Syria will not cease. Until that day, the least we can do is to hear the voices of Syrians, writes Bahia Mardini.

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