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The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will be scaled back because of Covid-19.

Khamenei: war with Iraq proved Iran can defend itself

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Khamenei: war with Iraq proved Iran can defend itself

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq showed the country can defend itself, without directly addressing the current circumstances.

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland

Assia Belgacem

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland

Book Club: Carol Isaacs's stunning graphic novel is a vivid journey into the history of Iraq's Jewish community.

Female activist Kinda Khatib indicted for 'spying for Israel'

The New Arab Staff

Female activist Kinda Khatib indicted for 'spying for Israel'

A military court in Lebanon has indicted political activist Kinda Khatib on charges of spying for Israel.

Aisha Yusuff

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

Book Club: A Palestinian-American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in Sahar Mustafah's searing debut.

Brooke Anderson

Black Muslims and America's fight for racial justice

Black Muslims are part of the backbone of America's civil rights movement.

Horriya Marzouk

Between the lines: Egypt's censorship crackdown targets book translations

Egypt's top translation institution has barred foreign books that criticise religion or violate social values, with fears it could extend to ...

Assia Belgacem

When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History

Book Club: Massoud Hayoun's intimate memoir weaves family history with politics in a powerful exploration of Arab Jewish identity.

Palestinian novelist Huzama Habayeb on <em>literature</em>, memory and displacement

Ramona Wadi

Palestinian novelist Huzama Habayeb on literature, memory and displacement

The New Arab Meets: Huzama Habayeb, an award-winning Palestinian novelist who explores the relationship between exile and nostalgia in her ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hollywood actors, renowned writers urge Egypt to free activist

Noam Chomsky, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Arundhati Roy were among the public figures to call for the release of prominent Egyptian activist Sanaa ...

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.

Fears for Uighur culture as scholars vanish in crackdown

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Fears for Uighur culture as scholars vanish in crackdown

At least 435 Uighur intellectuals have been imprisoned or forcibly disappeared since April 2017, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Kurdish-Iranian refugee author granted asylum in New Zealand

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Kurdish-Iranian refugee author granted asylum in New Zealand

Behrouz Boochani has been granted asylum in New Zealand after being six years in limbo under Australia's immigration policies.

'We must not forget': Remembering the Srebrenica genocide

Jan-Peter Westad

'We must not forget': Remembering the Srebrenica genocide

Twenty-five years on, survivors of the Srebrenica massacre are fighting to ensure that the genocide is not forgotten.

Assia Belgacem

The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam

Book Club: Medina Tenour Whiteman contemplates identity and belonging in a poignant memoir on her experiences as a white Muslim.

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese activist Kinda el-Khatib accused of 'spying for Israel'

Another activist has been arrested by Lebanese authorities and accused of conspiring with Israel, as the country cracks down on free speech

Aisha Yusuff

An essential reading list on Black Muslim history

Book Club: Aisha Yusuff recommends ten books to understand the legacy and contribution of Black Muslims to Islamic history.

Sahar Esfandiari

How Islam was erased from Rumi's poetry

A new online campaign, Rumi Was Muslim, seeks to rectify the whitewashing and mistranslations of the renowned 13th-century Persian poet and ...

Virus will inspire generation of writers, says Lebanese novelist

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Virus will inspire generation of writers, says Lebanese novelist

Jabbour Douihy, who has twice been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, believes coronavirus will become part of 'the ...

Danya Hajjaji

Brown University inaugurates 'Mahmoud Darwish' chair for Palestinian studies

Brown University has appointed a prominent Middle Eastern history professor as its first faculty chair in Palestinian Studies, a position named ...

The common thread between Palestine's Nakba and Israeli annexation

Nour Odeh

The common thread between Palestine's Nakba and Israeli annexation

While Palestinians marked 72 years of the Nakba, Israel saw the birth of a new coalition government poised to annex the West Bank.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Preserving the memory of the Nakba in Palestinian <em>literature</em>

Ramona Wadi

Preserving the memory of the Nakba in Palestinian literature

Literature has always been a critical tool in communicating the Palestinian experience of exile and loss.

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