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Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream Muslims who do not traditionally recognise female imamship

'Tony Blair' musical to be staged in London

The New Arab Staff

'Tony Blair' musical to be staged in London

A new musical charting the life of former British prime minister Tony Blair will be staged in London, featuring 'special appearances' from Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

A dispatch from India's culture war

Shashi Tharoor

A dispatch from India's culture war

Comment: Much of India has long celebrated the intermingling of Hindu and Muslim practices, but an Islamophobic, BJP-sponsored law now threatens ...

How India's 'Love Jihad' law demonises Muslims

Hanan Zaffar and Shaheen Abdulla

How India's 'Love Jihad' law demonises Muslims

In-depth: 'Love Jihad' is a conspiracy theory propagated by right-wing Hindu extremists, who accuse Muslim men of luring Hindu women into ...

The New Arab Staff

US senators urge Egypt to release detained Coptic activist

Senators Thom Tills and Chris Coons have called on Egypt to release Ramy Kamel or give him a free and fair trial.

Brooke Anderson

Iman Jodeh makes history as Colorado's first Muslim lawmaker

Iman Jodeh, Colorado's first Muslim state representative, reflects on what inspired her to run for office and how she plans to be a voice for ...

Al-Sharif Nassef

In Pennsylvania, a bright new future is emerging

Comment: Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, and our sizeable Arab and Muslim community has a vital role to play in the 2020 election and ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Dubai goes kosher after Israel peace deal

Restaurants and caterers in Dubai are rushing to prepare for what they hope will be a flood of Jewish visitors arriving on new direct flights.

After outrage, Indian brand pulls ad with <em>interfaith</em> couple

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

After outrage, Indian brand pulls ad with interfaith couple

Tanishq jewelry has pulled an ad featuring a Muslim-Hindu couple after causing outrage.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Bahrain to recognise Israel in latest normalisation pact

Bahrain will be the fourth Arab state to normalise relations with Israel following Egypt (1979), Jordan (1994) and the UAE (2020).

Russia to help build 'mini Hagia Sophia' in Syria

The New Arab Staff

Russia to help build 'mini Hagia Sophia' in Syria

Moscow has said it will assist the Syrian regime in building a miniature version of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in response to Turkey's conversion ...

A Place Between Two Places: The Qur'anic Barzakh

Usman Butt

A Place Between Two Places: The Qur'anic Barzakh

Book Club: George Archer's thought-provoking study traces the conceptual history and philosophy of the afterlife in Islam.

Saudi scholar publishes in Israeli journal for first time

The New Arab Staff

Saudi scholar publishes in Israeli journal for first time

The academic article may stoke controversy among supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates an academic ...

US Muslim organisation to represent prisoner denied kosher meals

The New Arab Staff

US Muslim organisation to represent prisoner denied kosher meals

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says a Michigan jail's refusal to provide kosher meals to a Jewish inmate violates the US ...

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese activist, cleric face charges of ‘contact with Israel’

Amnesty have condemned the military prosecution of an activist charged with spying for Israel, as a Shia cleric opposed to Hezbollah was charged over a photo taken with a rabbi.

The New Arab Staff

UAE foreign minister to speak at pro-Israel forum

Anwar Gargash and Mohammad al-Issa will speak at the American Jewish Cooperation's global virtual forum.

The New Arab

Church in Germany hosts Friday prayers for muslims

A pastor and an imam collaborated in Germany to provide a space of worship to muslims inside a church, in a bid to observe strict social ...

The New Arab & agencies

Israel's former chief rabbi dies of coronavirus

Israel's former chief rabbi Eliahou Bakshi-Doron, who was known for promoting interfaith dialogue, died Sunday of the new coronavirus, ...

Palestinian-Jordanian cleric faces Emirati court for 'spreading hatred'

Kamal Afzali

Palestinian-Jordanian cleric faces Emirati court for 'spreading hatred'

An Emirati criminal court claimed Wassim Youssef had threatened 'national unity and public order' for a Twitter post directed at those who ...

Courtney Freer

Gulf leaders can't ignore public opposition to Trump's deal

Comment: Those Gulf states that support normalising ties with Israel are facing opposition from the public's staunch support for Palestinians, ...

Saudi sheikh leads prayers outside Auschwitz Holocaust memorial

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi sheikh leads prayers outside Auschwitz Holocaust memorial

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Saudi-based Muslim World League, led prayers inside the former Nazi-German concentration ...

Saudi religious leader set for historic visit to Auschwitz

The New Arab

Saudi religious leader set for historic visit to Auschwitz

Mohammed al-Issa, an ally of Mohammed bin Salman, will visit Auschwitz alongside a delegation of American Jewish Committee officials and Islamic ...

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi meets Bahrain King at <em>interfaith</em> event

The New Arab

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi meets Bahrain King at interfaith event

‘The people of the Middle East want peace with Israel and good relations,’ Rabbi Shlomo Amar said during a visit to Bahrain which symbolised the ...

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