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Book review: Edward Said revolutionised they we way think about representations of the Middle East, but he had little background in the study of history, notes Usman Butt.

Comment: On screen, Arabs have either been absent or portrayed as villains, suggesting we are either terrible people, or we just don't exist, writes Ruby Hamad.

<em>Arab</em> designers in the spotlight at London Fashion Week

Rabi’ah M

Arab designers in the spotlight at London Fashion Week

An array of flamboyant, vibrant and beautifully crafted outfits by Arab designers showcased at the Stories from Arabia event as part of London Fashion Week.

How British Muslim women are taking back their narrative

Sadek Hamid

How British Muslim women are taking back their narrative

Comment: A new generation of British Muslim women is shaping profound changes within Muslim communities and challenging lazy assumptions in ...

Bilal al-Zain: Using calligraphy to communicate a message

Catherine Cartier

Bilal al-Zain: Using calligraphy to communicate a message

The New Arab Meets: Calligraphy artist, Bilal al-Zain, who believes in the importance of words and using calligraphy to communicate a ...

Malia Bouattia

Lana Del Rey, Palestine is always political

Comment: It's difficult to imagine a more political action than participating in the normalisation of occupied Palestine, writes Malia Bouattia.

Usman Butt

Review: The Merchant of Syria

Book review: This is a compelling story about conflict and displacement, that teaches us about the importance of optimism, writes Usman Butt.

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Hundreds of Israeli figures sign letter decrying nation-state law

'During the years of your rule, you have been steadily eroding the foundations of our state:' Israeli writers and intellectuals blast Netanyahu ...

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Anger after Israel shuts down Palestinian universities in Jerusalem

Two Palestinian educational facilities were shut down by Israeli forces 'until further notice'.

Karl ReMarks' satire migrates from twitter to print

Usman Butt

Karl ReMarks' satire migrates from twitter to print

Comment: Usman Butt talks to Twitter satirist and architect Karl Sharro about social media in the Arab Spring, and his upcoming book.

Florence Dixon

The Ayoub Sisters: Egyptian-Scottish musical duo know no bounds

The New Arab Meets: The Ayoub Sisters, the classically trained multi-instrumentalists taking the crossover world by storm one catchy ...

Liverpool <em>Arab</em> <em>Arts</em> Festival celebrates diversity and local talent

Noor El-Terk

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival celebrates diversity and local talent

Liverpool's annual Arab Art Festival is back for the 20th year running promising a diverse and exciting programme jam-packed with a mix ...

Ammunition into art in Gaza

Rami Almeghari

Ammunition into art in Gaza

The New Arab Meets: A Palestinian craftsman who is creating miniature objects from pieces of empty bullet cases and gas canisters shot ...

Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

Usman Butt

Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

Book review: What can the Ottomans teach us about welcoming and integrating refugees? Dawn Chatty's book gives us some clues, writes Usman Butt.

The Shroud Maker: A tale of loss and survival

Noor El-Terk

The Shroud Maker: A tale of loss and survival

Ahmed Masoud's play follows the story of an 83-year-old woman in Gaza, as she remembers her life mapped alongside Palestine's.

Usman Butt

Book review: The unexpected love objects of Dunya Noor

Book review: Dunya embarks on a journey across Syria and encounters indifference, fear and some unexpected twists, writes Usman Butt.

Usman Butt

Iranian metaphysicals: Explorations in science, Islam, and the uncanny

Book review: Doostdar explores Iran's new spiritual environment, and the widely held assumptions about rationality, and the relationship between ...

Amelia Smith

Liverpool's Mo Salah is being exploited by Sisi's regime

Comment: The Premier League star's charitable efforts are helping fuel a propaganda campaign benefiting a corrupt president, writes Amelia ...

James M. Dorsey

Turning Qatar into an island

Comment: Saudi Arabia's proposed channel separating it from Qatar sends a message of polarisation and division, rather than regional ...

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Sheeffah Shiraz

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Report: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social ...

A Yemeni journalist

How can anarchy in Yemen's Aden be stopped?

In-depth: The situation in Aden is deteriorating as it plunges into anarchy after being stuck between the Yemeni government and southern ...

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

Usman Butt

Breaking with tradition: Robert Irwin rethinks Ibn Khaldun

Book review: Irwin revisits the Arab world's most famous thinker, and tries to dismantle the idea of him as a modern man living in ...

Palestinian women between occupation and the dream of freedom

Wasan Abu Baker

Palestinian women between occupation and the dream of freedom

Blog: The stories of five Palestinian women fighting the occupation in unique ways

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