The new Israeli curriculum on Jewish communities in the Muslim world is welcome, but it highlights only the persecution. And in the case of Egypt, it’s not even clear a full-fledged expulsion happened
Eyal Sagui Bizawe
Featuring a creature made of terror victims' body parts, the novel is a ground-breaker in Arab literature that paints an authentic picture of a bleeding city
More than ever, Arabic-language books are being translated into Hebrew. Is Israel, winner of the European Cup and three Eurovision song contests, finally daring to crack open a peephole into the neighborhood where it lives?
Is 'Arab Jew' a fabricated identity? Yes, but that doesn’t diminish the power of the concept, or the debate over it.
Religion and patriotism inspired Safaa Khatib, a devout Muslim whose father is an Islamic Movement leader, in creating her final project at the Bezalel Academy – with the help of some Palestinian soccer stars.
The first Arabic issue of My.Kali, the Jordanian-based online gay magazine, went online in May, after nine years mainly in English. They contend with the prejudices and stereotypes in both the Arab and Western worlds.
‘Barbs,’ a viral hit from a Saudi break-dance crew, demonstrates social media’s power to unite.
Why regulars at Anna Loulou in Jaffa – Israelis and Palestinians, straights and gays – have taken over running the unique establishment.
Less than 100 years ago, there was a Yiddish theater company in Cairo, Jewish actors appeared in Egyptian movies and Jewish musicians were listened to across North Africa and the Middle East. This historic tradition can now play a part in Israel’s future.
In his hand-colored photographic works, such as those now on show in Paris, Youssef Nabil embodies his longings for the past, for a world that no longer exists and may never have existed – except in the movies.
Ramadan TV shows have become a festive staple, but this year’s hottest features a daring Jewish-Muslim romance.
Despite prudish mores and bans on public displays of affection, salacious clips abound on websites in Muslim countries. And there's a rising demand for porn actors who come from those societies.
Suspension bridges, unique architectural structures and creative heritage are just some of the virtues that will make this Algerian city a tourist destination in 2015.
Internationally renowned Omar Souleyman, former famed wedding singer, is on a roll across the Arab world and beyond because of his distinctive and eclectic style.
The death of screen legend Faten Hamama at the weekend reminds us that Egyptian cinema was developed by a group of remarkable, strong women.
Transsexual singers and dancers in places like Turkey and Morocco are big-time celebrities, but there’s far less acceptance of common transgender people.
Forty years after his death, a tribute to the singer who was tormented by the feeling that he’d never be an equal among equals in the Egyptian pantheon of giants.
The saga of Raya and Sakina, sisters who killed and robbed at least 17 women in early 20th-century Egypt, still inspires films, plays and books. Who were these women, and has the Egyptian public’s attitude toward them changed over the years?
The Israeli mainstream is opening up to Arab music, whether sung by musicians from the Arab world or by local ‘The Voice’ competition winner Lina Makhoul.
When worn by an Arab MK, the traditional Arab headdress – both a symbol of the Palestinian struggle and a popular fashion element – enraged MK Miri Regev. She forgot that even David Ben-Gurion once wore one.
Although Turkish and Arabic are commonly heard as you walk around Berlin, it’s not so easy to find Arabic books, movies or CDs. You’ve got to dig really deep if you want to find the treasures.
Although Egyptian director Amir Ramses and his generation mostly know about Jews from the context of war with bitter rival Israel, he has presented the community in the early 20th century as the 'good guys.'
It was to be expected that Palestine’s 2015 Oscar nominee would draw angry responses in Israel, since its plot revolves around a terror attack. But why did it annoy some Palestinians who saw it?
Some activists in Arab countries are going for the funny bone as they seek to fight back against IS, while others are adopting more direct protest methods. Whichever way they choose, someone is sure to be offended.
The Romans felt disdain for Amazigh (or Berber) culture, while Muammar Gadhafi denied their very existence. But the ancient culture is flourishing once more in its native lands.
Mohamed Khan is one of Egypt’s most loved filmmakers, although many Israeli viewers have failed to recognize the quality of his work.
Israelis can't visit Lebanon's capital, but a new documentary gives those who yearn to visit a peek into the Paris of the Mediterranean.
'The Kingdom' may be known as an incredibly conservative Islamic culture, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find more than just black gold.
German-Turkish director Fatih Akin's latest film, 'The Cut' raises furor in Turkey, draws threats from nationalists.
Mutilated corpses and children’s funerals are just some of the photos taken by young Palestinian photojournalists, who show their work in museums and on social media.