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Book Club: Hanan al-Shaykh's The Occasional Virgin explores a refreshingly well-bonded female friendship, strengthened by their past and lack of success where men and romantic relationships are concerned.

Book Club: The French bestseller, translated into English, fails to live up to its compelling premise, lacking the insight needed to make it an exceptional read, reviews Amena Ravat.

Meeting Bara'a: Baghdad's first female bookseller in al-Mutanabbi Street

Marta Bellingreri

Meeting Bara'a: Baghdad's first female bookseller in al-Mutanabbi Street

The New Arab Meets: Thirty-year-old Bara'a, who owns her own publishing house in Baghdad's renowned book market along al-Mutanabbi Street and hopes for a vital reinforcement of Iraq's cultural roots.

Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers and its meaning today

Hadani Ditmars

Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers and its meaning today

The lullaby sung by young Mary to her son Jesus about the fate that awaits him brings to mind the mothers of Yemen, Syria and Palestine, who ...

Christmas and the Quran: Helping to bridge differences

Paul McLoughlin

Christmas and the Quran: Helping to bridge differences

Book Club: Karl-Josel Kuschel's book Christmas and the Quran looks to build ...

Living on the edge with Joanna Palani's Freedom Fighter

Rabi’ah M

Living on the edge with Joanna Palani's Freedom Fighter

Book Club: Joanna Palani's story is a thought-provoking tale prompting readers to wonder the price one has to pay to fight for freedom against extremism, writes Rabi'ah M.

Sophia Akram

London's Ahmadiyya Muslims launch food drive for winter

Society: Over 1,000 AMYA members across the country are planning to volunteer between December 15 and January 1 in order to help fight loneliness and serve other vulnerable people.

Sebastian Castelier and Clément Pouré

In Qatar, Christianity grows on the fringes

In Pictures: Hidden behind a grey enclosure wall in the rocky outskirts of Doha, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary has been a sanctuary for a plural community.

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

Usman Butt

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

Book Club: Juan Cole, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, sets out to explore the historical background of Islam in his new ...

Post-blockade: Qataris tackle daring issues through art

Sana Uqba

Post-blockade: Qataris tackle daring issues through art

Qatar's artists have found a new freedom to move beyond nationalism to tackle domestic and international social issues, writes Sana Uqba.

Yousif Nur

London celebrates its biggest Palestine Festival to date

From dabke to debates, the two-day family-friendly event drew in thousands of people showing solidarity with Palestine and Palestinians, writes Yousif Nur.

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Mosul's Al-Nuri Mosque hosted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's only public appearance as IS chief, when he declared a self-styled 'caliphate' after jihadists swept across Iraq and Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips Syria

Forty families, many displaced several times, share an underground camp in the city of Al-Bab, where rooms are separated by sheets.

Yousif Nur

Visa For Music 2018

This year's line-up was more inclusive with representation from countries as far west as Canada, to as far east as South Korea.