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Comment: Early Protestant thinkers were obsessed with Islam as the Reformation broke down barriers between Christian and Muslim nations, writes Usman Butt.

Society: Jihad ('Jay') Abdo was once a prominent actor in the Arab world before he fled to America for a life of poverty - and a fledgling Hollywood career.

Meeting Rula Quawas

Amal Awad

Meeting Rula Quawas

Comment: The death of Jordanian professor Rula Quawas is a great loss; she shaped many lives and staunchly defended women's rights. Amal Awad shares her experience of their meeting.

Four awkward Trump moments in Saudi Arabia

Sana Uqba

Four awkward Trump moments in Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia this weekend and, let's just say, some awkward things happened.

The Shabandar Cafe: A symbol of Iraq's spiritual condition

Hadani Ditmars

The Shabandar Cafe: A symbol of Iraq's spiritual condition

Mutanabbi Street was a bustling, artistic quarter in Baghdad where Iraqi intellectuals would gather, read and converse during some of the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Gaza's first English library to open window to world

English literature graduate Mossab Abu Toha is crowd-funding Gaza's first English library and hopes to read his way out of the reality of besiegement in the Palestinian enclave.

Jamil Hussein

Islam's lasting influence on Elizabethan England

Society: The legacy of strategic relations between England and the Islamic world led to military alliances, trade relations and even had an ...

The New Arab

Romeo and Juliet takes on twist in Gaza performance

Instead of the forbidden love story of Renaissance-era European aristocracy, the star-crossed young couple in Gaza's version is divided by ...

Marcia Lynx Qualey

The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, political, and entertaining

Arabic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays have been popular since the 1800s, but they differ from the original in key aspects, scholars and ...

Love Boat: Refugees' terrifying tales retold in new play Love Boat: Refugees' terrifying tales retold in new play

The New Arab & agencies

Love Boat: Refugees' terrifying tales retold in new play

Six Syrian actors are using art and prose to deliver the tragic stories encountered by many who fled the conflict in an attempt to reach a ...

Moe Chreif

The Shakespearian absence of love in the Arab psyche

Comment: The purging of love has tortured and corrupted Arabs' collective wellbeing. Like Shakespeare's tragic heroes, they may perish unless ...

Support the boycott campaigns against Israel

Baroness Jenny Tonge

Support the boycott campaigns against Israel

Comment: It is up to the people to demand justice for Palestinians when governments won't. A good start would be to support the boycott ...

Anointing Netanyahu

Hamid Dabashi

Anointing Netanyahu

Comment: In praising the Israeli leader, US Congress members and leading journalists are showing their overwhelming bias regarding events in the ...

Jim Clancy and the tragi-comedy of American journalism

Mark Perry

Jim Clancy and the tragi-comedy of American journalism

Jim Clancy's 'resignation' from CNN doesn't suggest that the US media is pro-Israel. It's much worse than that. It shows that normal ...

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