An Arab reluctance to discuss sexual orientation and sexuality makes it difficult to study related topics in the Middle East, researchers say. But they’re optimistic about the future as attitudes change.
Data analysis by Al-Fanar Media has found that two of the highest research producers in the Arab world—Egypt and Saudi Arabia—also have some of the highest rates of retracted articles, which are often related to scientific misconduct.
New projects use artificial intelligence to read Arabic publications of all kinds, opening up the possibility that local, print-only archives could be transformed into widely-available, searchable online resources.
In a pair of recently edited volumes, experts gauge the current status of higher education and call for improvements.
Publishers, authors and bookstore owners feel pressure as the government clamps down on books with political content.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Kenza Sefrioui gained insights on the problems faced worldwide by small publishing houses like hers.
Networks in Jordan and Saudi Arabia offer listeners programs that give voice to diverse views, discuss sensitive topics, or just go where the conversation flows.
Solomon, a nonprofit online publication, sees strength, not cause for fear, in diverse populations.
A committee of the country’s ministry of information has the power to ban books, in an affront to the country’s democratic principles.