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Struggling to pick your next book over Ramadan? The New Arab has compiled a guide of must-read Muslim stories from across the literary spectrum.

A TV show in Egypt has sparked controversy with a scene depicting the gang-rape of a young women, similar to the real life events during the Fairmont Hotel attack.

District Terminal: A dystopic tale of nihilism and hopelessness

Davide Abbatescianni

District Terminal: A dystopic tale of nihilism and hopelessness

Film Review: Bardia Yadegari and Ehsan Mirhosseini's psychological sci-fi recounts a poet living with his mother in a desolated Tehran, trapped by drug addiction, poverty and a tyrannical government.

Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

An outlawed Pakistani Islamist political group freed 11 policemen almost a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore.

Iranian TV censors Tottenham v Man United over woman

The New Arab Staff

Iranian TV censors Tottenham v Man United over woman

Iranian state TV is regularly censored over words or images that do not align with the Islamic Republic's values.

William Christou

Everyone is talking about Jordan - except Jordanian journalists

In-depth: Whatever happened - a coup, sedition, or an overzealous royal family seeking to stamp out internal opposition - one thing is clear: Jordanians will be the last to know.

Ruth Ingram

Uighur women violated and repressed by Xinjiang's draconian policies

Uighur women and girls are not only enduring unspeakable cruelties in internment camps, subject to draconian sterilisation procedures, rape and ...

The New Arab Staff

Jordanian deputy PM says coup ‘contained’ as discontent grows

Jordan's deputy PM says that Saturday's attempted coup is 'contained' but discontent is growing over censorship and allegations against ...

Nick McAlpin

Covid-19: A year of repression in the Middle East

In-depth: Amnesty International's annual report for 2020/21 reveals the scope of the abuses Middle Eastern governments perpetrated while the ...

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for second season

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for second season

Uncut scenes of the second season of an Iranian TV show posted online pushed viewers to suspect censorship from the government.

Nahrain Al-Mousawi

Silence Is a Sense: War, migration, trauma and healing

Book Club: Silence Is a Sense is a poignant and profound story of a Syrian refugee left so traumatised by war and migration that she no longer ...

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Kamal Afzali

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women ...

Israeli-Palestinian event refused advertising space for 'controversial' memorial service

The New Arab Staff

Israeli-Palestinian event refused advertising space for 'controversial' memorial service

Combatants for Peace were denied advertising billboards by an Israeli company, who claimed the adverts were too controversial.

Ricky Gervais faces backlash over Prophet Muhammad cartoon comments

The New Arab Staff

Ricky Gervais faces backlash over Prophet Muhammad cartoon comments

The comedian has joined the row over a schoolteacher who was suspended for showing his class a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

Turkish prosecutor indicts French journalists over Erdogan-mocking caricature

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkish prosecutor indicts French journalists over Erdogan-mocking caricature

A Turkish prosecutor called for four French journalists to be sentenced to up to four years in prison over a cartoon mocking Erdogan

Victoria Silva

No space for criticism: Jordan's authoritarian shift

In-depth: Ten years after the Arab Spring there is no sign of reform, just growing economic and social distress and a reduced space for citizens to express their grievances.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hopes for free media dashed in post-Gaddafi Libya

A decade after the 2011 uprising that led to the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan journalists still face difficulties to exercise their ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Twitter to appoint Turkey representative: official

Social media regulations in force since October require the big platforms to appoint representatives who can handle court orders to quickly take ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Surveillance fears after Clubhouse app takes Saudi by storm

The new invite-only audio app Clubhouse has created a space for Saudi users to discuss topics deemed sensitive, but at the cost of surveillance.

Berlin film festival 2021 roundup: The MENA films

Sarah Khalil

Berlin film festival 2021 roundup: The MENA films

The MENA films selected by this year's Berlinale brimmed with ambition and artistic audacity.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Oman blocks audio chat Clubhouse app

Clubhouse app is not accessible anymore in Oman, whose government cut the access over a license issue

10 years on, Syrian activists remain resolute

William Christou

10 years on, Syrian activists remain resolute

In-depth: Syria's revolution created a groundswell of activism, enabling those living under Assad's brutal regime to finally speak. Despite the ...

Pakistan blocks TikTok for second time over 'immoral content'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pakistan blocks TikTok for second time over 'immoral content'

Popular video sharing app TikTok has been blocked in Pakistan once again over concerns of immoral content.

LinkedIn China suspends new sign-ups to 'respect law'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

LinkedIn China suspends new sign-ups to 'respect law'

Tech giants who refuse to comply with the smothering censorship laws have been blocked behind China's 'Great Firewall'

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