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The hardline Islamist group has urged members to avoid "corrupt and illegal practices" regarding polygamy.

Ten years after the Tunisian revolution toppled Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, few of his relatives have faced justice.

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and sectarian persecution.

Israel's Gantz vows to fight in election

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Israel's Gantz vows to fight in election

It will be the fourth time in less than two years that Gantz seeks to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu, the country's longest serving prime minister.

Women are key to ending Yemen's civil war

Tahani Saeed

Women are key to ending Yemen's civil war

Comment: Without women, Yemen's peace talks have gone nowhere. Peace will never be forged if our voices continue to go unheard, writes Tahani ...

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

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

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Israel parliament dissolves, sparking fourth election in two years

The coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu and his former election rival, Benny Gantz, had been inching towards collapse for weeks, undermined by ...

The New Arab Staff

Killing of Iraqi sisters by 'drunken brother' sparks outrage

A drunken man has allegedly murdered his sisters in a so-called honour killing that has sparked outcry and calls for protection of women against ...

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Nine in 10 Lebanon-based Syrian refugee families extremely poor

The UN found nine out of 10 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty.

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

Gaia Caramazza

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Iran court sentences British-Iranian anthropologist to nine years

Kameel Ahmady, who has done research on FGM and child marriage in Iran, says his charges stem from his research into "harmful ...

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 ...

Covid has brought a pandemic of violence against women

Luay Shabaneh

Covid has brought a pandemic of violence against women

Comment: A lack of data about violence suffered by women and girls is impacting our ability to tackle the problem, writes the UNFPA's Regional ...

Anti-extremism plan is law of freedom, says France PM

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Anti-extremism plan is law of freedom, says France PM

The proposed legislation, which clamps down on religious-based education, online hate speech and polygamy, has caused unease even among France's ...

US judge orders partial disclosure of Khashoggi murder files

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US judge orders partial disclosure of Khashoggi murder files

The judge instructed the CIA and the ODNI to explain why they are withholding the tape and a CIA report on the gruesome killing of Jamal ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UNICEF seeks $2.5 bn for Mideast children amid pandemic

Some 39 million children in the Middle East and North Africa impacted by war, poverty and the coronavirus pandemic are in dire need of funds, UNICEF said.

The New Arab Staff

Aid worker 'exploited, abused several Syrian women': report

A report by the Syrian website Liberated-T has accused an aid worker of using his position to harass, exploit, and attempt to rape multiple ...

The New Arab Staff

Unregulated state-backed marriage loans in Iran 'exploiting vulnerable children'

Child marriage in Iran is being facilitated by state banks that are giving off unregulated loans to those who want to marry.

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 ...

Small is beautiful: Gaza's toned-down Covid-era weddings

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Small is beautiful: Gaza's toned-down Covid-era weddings

What were once huge events, Gaza's weddings are now being toned down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Narjas Zatat

Policy loopholes in MENA countries 'fail' women's rights

A report by Plan International looks at civil society and law reform in the MENA.

Al-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith <em>marriage</em> were misunderstood

The New Arab Staff

Al-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith marriage were misunderstood

Professor Amna Nosseir sparked public outcry after she said there is no text in Islamic law that prevents a Muslim woman from marrying a ...

A Match Made In Heaven: Muslim women talk desire

Tahmina Begum

A Match Made In Heaven: Muslim women talk desire

Book Club: A new anthology of stories by British Muslim women exploring romance and desire proves to be a powerful and nuanced response to ...

Lebanon's impenetrable glass ceiling

Carmen Geha

Lebanon's impenetrable glass ceiling

Comment: Women in Lebanon are fighting not just for better representation, but a complete overhaul of a male-dominated system that fosters ...

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