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

Love triumphs over tragedy in the Nasser brothers' touching satire on desire and despair in Gaza.

Virus adds to despair felt by war-weary young Arabs

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Virus adds to despair felt by war-weary young Arabs

The pandemic has plunged millions of young people in the Middle East into the kind of deep uncertainty and despair they had hoped to leave behind.

Middle East <em>matchmaking</em>: The rise of online dating

Austin Bodetti

Middle East matchmaking: The rise of online dating

With online dating growing in popularity, entrepreneurs in the Middle East are taking advantage by creating a range of digital apps.

British Muslim women need to know this about marriage

Tahmina Begum

British Muslim women need to know this about marriage

#IWD2020: Many Muslim women are not aware that their nikah, or Islamic marriage, is not recognised under British law. So what can Muslim women ...

The New Arab & agencies

Love, lust, heartache: Secret dating lives of young Saudis

Covert dating operations illustrate how Saudi Arabia's young population is often compelled to lead dual lives in the pursuit of social liberties that may outstrip the kingdom's capacity for change.

The New Arab

Egypt religious authorities rule Valentine's Day is 'halal'

Valentine's Day, marked on February 14, is one of the most celebrated events in Egypt, despite annual grumblings from the country's ...

Diana Alghoul

How Muslim millennials are taking charge of their matchmaking

Apps are becoming increasingly popular for Muslims to find their significant other, but they're also becoming a tool for social evolution and a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Pakistan arrests eight Chinese for trafficking young Christian girls

Pakistan has arrested eight Chinese nationals for luring young Christian girls into forced marriages and prostitution after Human Rights Watch ...

La Sposa Yemenita: The expression of women in Yemen

Justin Salhani

La Sposa Yemenita: The expression of women in Yemen

A new graphic novel aims to portray a Yemen beyond al-Qaeda, civil war and child marriage. Justin Salhani met its creator, Laura Silvia ...

The New Arab

Turkey government looks to ban dating shows

Turkey's deputy prime minister says he wants to ban popular television dating shows because they are against Turkish culture and customs.

Sisi's cross-border <em>matchmaking</em> opens Gaza's gates

Imogen Lambert

Sisi's cross-border matchmaking opens Gaza's gates

Analysis: Is the deal to reopen the Rafah crossing connected to efforts by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to reconcile Mahmoud Abbas and ...

<em>Matchmaking</em> the Middle Eastern way

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Matchmaking the Middle Eastern way

Blog: Three friends in Lebanon decided it was time to ditch the American-inspired ways of online dating and create their own "culturally aware" ...

Iran launches official <em>matchmaking</em> website

Nada Ramadan

Iran launches official matchmaking website

Feature: There may be plenty of fish in the online dating world, but Tehran's new service aims to boost flagging fertility rates.

Marriage on the rocks in the United Arab Emirates

Shaker Nouri

Marriage on the rocks in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE has the highest divorce rates in the region, leading many to now question whether traditional forms of marriage - where parents pick a ...

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