Iraq needs experts to work on its thousands of heritage sites, but with job prospects dim, fewer Iraqi youth are eager to study archaeology.
Though considered “one of the most significant Arab writers of the twentieth century,” Nazik al-Mala’ika was little known in English. A new bilingual edition creates a fuller portrait of her work.
The annual report documenting attacks on higher education and the freedom of academics details the toll the civil war in Yemen has taken on universities.
The pandemic is just one additional obstacle that is preventing girls from getting an education in a country with a chaotic and conflict-ridden recent history.
Child marriage rates improved in the Middle East and North Africa over a 25-year period, but those gains could now be undermined.
Millions of girls in the Arab world end up as child brides: Some are forced to marry by their parents, for money or protection or due to cultural expectations; others want to escape poverty or an abusive home. All of them regret leaving school.
The kidnapping last week of Hella Mewis, a German art curator and activist, for almost four days intensified Iraqis and foreign nationals’ fears of a “new, difficult era” for artists and intellectuals in Iraq.
Husham Al-Hashimi, an expert on ISIS and a critic of foreign-backed militias in Iraq, was gunned down by unknown assassins in a Baghdad street this week.
Iraqi students will take final exams online for the first time this month. Their worries begin with technical concerns, like Internet access and reliability. Then there’s the economy.
As the global movement against racism grows, it’s time for the Arab world to look at similar racial discrimination in its midst.