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Society: Not only are Arab women taking charge of their destinies by delaying marriage or remaining single, they are fighting back against the system obsessed with labelling them as spinsters.

Society: As more and more Muslim women take the sporting world by storm, seeing the hijab in a stadium, or even the ring, is quickly becoming the norm.

Insurgency, attacks, airstrikes. Still, Kashmir's tourist train chugs along

Aijaz Nazir

Insurgency, attacks, airstrikes. Still, Kashmir's tourist train chugs along

Feature: Years of under-investment and violence has seen the pride of Kashmir battered, but still running.

The Pact We Made: Tackling Kuwait's outdated gender roles

Sarah Shaffi

The Pact We Made: Tackling Kuwait's outdated gender roles

Book Club: Layla AlAmmar created something strong and lasting, a book about a woman seeking to exist on her own terms in a world which wants ...

Black Milk: Motherhood and postpartum career life

Ilham Essalih

Black Milk: Motherhood and postpartum career life

Book Club: Elif Shafak's Black Milk is a beautiful and touching memoir delving ...

Unlearning patriarchal standards with Believing Women in Islam

Diana Alghoul

Unlearning patriarchal standards with Believing Women in Islam

Book Club: Asma Barlas offers a refreshing analysis on the role of women in Islam by unwinding patriarchal interpretations of the Quran.

Sarah Khalil

Labaki shines spotlight on Lebanese cinema despite Oscar loss

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki fell short on taking home an Oscar for her film 'Capernaum', but critics say the nomination put Lebanese cinema on the international stage.

The New Arab

Two brothers fight unemployment in Gaza with knafeh

To avoid joining the unemployment queues with many others in Gaza, brothers Muhammad and Karam set up a Palestinian dessert business from inside their own home.

Palestinian DJs bring past into present with fresh beats

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinian DJs bring past into present with fresh beats

'Electrosteen' is a collaborative work between artists from the Palestinian territories, Israel, Britain, France and Jordan who work from ...

Reflection and revelation: Aya Dane by Mhani Alaoui

Ramona Wadi

Reflection and revelation: Aya Dane by Mhani Alaoui

Book Club: Mhani Alaoui's skilful prose portrays pain, dissociation and alienation as reliant upon each other in her latest novel Aya Dane, ...

Ilham Essalih

Exile and survival: Silence is My Mother Tongue

Book Club: A beautiful and articulate novel, Silence is My Mother Tongue fuses themes of feminism, war and postcolonialism, portraying the story of refugees far from today's one-dimensional depiction.

Arab or Copt? Rami Malek Oscar win sparks debate

Sarah Khalil

Arab or Copt? Rami Malek Oscar win sparks debate

An Oscar win for American-Egyptian actor Rami Malik's has seen his identity as a member of Egypt's Coptic minority come under the spotlight.

Sarah Shaffi

No filters required: It's Not About the Burqa

Book Club: This powerful essay collection gives Muslim women the space that they are often denied in public discourse to speak frankly on faith, feminism, love, sex, marriage and identity.

Amena Ravat

Seeking escapism: All That I Want to Forget

Book Club: Bothayna Al-Essa's latest novel, All That I Want to Forget, weaves a broken narrative, intertwining the past and the present until they combine.

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 ...

London's Ahmadiyya Muslims launch food drive for winter

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.

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 book, reviewed by Usman Butt.

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.

London celebrates its biggest Palestine Festival to date

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 ...

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.

Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips 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.

Diana Alghoul

Students from London and Palestine: CADFA 15 years on

The New Arab Meets: Nandita Dowson, founder of Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association, to talk more about her organisation which has helped foster a wider empathy for Palestine in the UK.