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A Woman Seeks Freedom From the Hijab

Sandra El Azki / 06 Jul 2018 / Opinion

For some women wearing a headscarf is a sign of religious devotion, but for others it feels confining.

Protests Disrupt Universities in Algeria and Tunisia

Ibtissem Jamel, Tarek Abd El-Galil / 02 Jul 2018 / News

Months of strikes and protests by students and professors who want better conditions and pay threaten to derail the academic year in both countries.

Think Tank Pioneers Evidence-Based Policy in Sudan

Alaa Shibeika / 29 Jun 2018 / News

The new organization seeks to invigorate more thoughtful public policy in the Republic of Sudan and to train a new generation of development specialists.

What Science Says About Getting Good Sleep

Benjamin Plackett / 27 Jun 2018 / Resources

Sleep scientists say research points to specific measures people can take to get a better night’s rest.

Sleepless in Beirut: A Health Risk

Benjamin Plackett / 26 Jun 2018 / News

The Lebanese capital comes alive at night, but experts warn that too many late nights come with health risks.

A Scholar Who Has Explored Arab History Widely

Motiaa Hallak / 25 Jun 2018 / News

A Lebanese researcher has wandered throughout Arab history during his extensive career and examined the region’s relationship with Ottoman rulers and European ideas.

A Website Seeks to Show ‘How Alive Arabic Is’

Ursula Lindsey / 21 Jun 2018 / Opinion

Hossam Abouzahr argues that Classical and Colloquial Arabic should be used and studied “side by side.”

Last Words of a Leading Iraqi Scholar

Edward Fox / 19 Jun 2018 / News

In a prescient paper, published posthumously, the sociologist Faleh Abdul Jabar described the social forces at work in recent Iraqi politics.

How Arab Artists Imagine the Future

Austin Davis / 18 Jun 2018 / News

A forum highlighted the visions of contemporary Arab writers and other artists, as well as the views of earlier generations.

The Quest to Build the Arab Region’s First Atomic Clock

Benjamin Plackett / 15 Jun 2018 / News

A Tunisian researcher wants to be the first in his continent to measure time with atomic precision.

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