The Frustrating Lives of Syria’s Future Leaders

David Wheeler, Rasha Faek / 15 Nov 2018 / News

A survey of Syrian students seeking advanced degrees found that many have broad personal and civic ambitions. But they face many obstacles.

Fewer Arab Students Head for the United States

Edward Fox / 13 Nov 2018 / News

The Trump travel ban and cuts to a major Saudi scholarship program are among causes of the decline.

Contemporary Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition

Heba Elkayal / 09 Nov 2018 / News

An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London highlights works by a short list of finalists drawn from a wealth of talent across the Islamic world.

Syrian Youth: Still Seeking Education

Tarek Abd El-Galil / 05 Nov 2018 / News

The “lost generation” may have become a cliché, but the reality is that when it comes to education many Syrian youth are still lost.

Donor Interest Fades in Scholarships for Refugees

Austin Davis / 05 Nov 2018 / News

In many countries surrounding Syria, the needs of Syrian youth for financial help accessing higher education far outweigh the supply of funds available.

A Musical Approach to Teaching Arabic

Tarek Abd El-Galil / 30 Oct 2018 / News

An Egyptian academic uses songs to help non-native speakers learn Arabic and help attract foreign students to his country.

Books in Bags Lead to Back Pain

Benjamin Plackett / 29 Oct 2018 / News

New research measured the forces on students’ spines created by heavy backpacks, and how poor posture amplifies those forces.

An Istanbul Murder Echoes in the New York Art Scene

Heba Elkayal / 26 Oct 2018 / News

In the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s death, an effort to raise awareness of Arab art in New York proceeds despite controversy over Saudi Arabia’s financial support.

A Social Way to Learn About Arab Culture

Edward Fox / 25 Oct 2018 / News

A Lebanese social entrepreneur has created a network of informal lecture clubs and discussion groups in both Western and Arab cities. The audiences arrive not knowing the topics of the talks.

Academic Freedom Project Highlights Arab, Turkish Cases

Edward Fox / 23 Oct 2018 / News

Situations in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and Israel are highlighted in a new global report that documents attacks on higher education, including violence and restrictions on sharing ideas.