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Photography

Vibrant Photos That Show What the Middle East Is Really Like

Photographer Ali Al-Shehabi is trying to counter stereotypes of the Arab world.
Zineb Houssine
1.18.19
Military Service

People from the Middle East Tell Us All the Weird Ways They Avoided the Draft

"I spent months gorging on as much fast food as possible. I added mayo to everything I ate, and even had it on its own as a snack between meals."
Badar Salem
11.6.18
women

The Moroccan Photographer Tackling Misogyny in the Arab World

Through her photography, Fatima Zohra Serri finds unique ways to express her views on the position of women in her community.
Zineb Houssine
11.5.18
syrian war

Syrians Explain Why Nightlife in Damascus Is Thriving Despite the War

"When you've had to spend ten days locked inside due to rocket fire, you want to find somewhere you can get wasted."
Hala Mustafa
9.4.18
Photos

Joyous Photos Show There's More to Life in Gaza Than Conflict

Four Gaza-based photographers are capturing their favorite parts of the region to show a different side of the territory and its people.
Rowaida Amer
7.31.18
arranged marriage

Arab Women Talk About What They've Done to Avoid an Arranged Marriage

"He said he hated the smell of cigarettes, so I took up smoking."
Wesam Ragab
6.12.18
Saudi Arabia

Inside the Opening of Saudi Arabia’s First Movie Theater in 35 Years

The government has finally lifted its decades-long ban on women and men hanging out in the name of lighthearted cinematic fun.
Nada Hagouz
5.9.18
motherhood

Arab Women Tell Us Why They Don't Want to Become Mothers

"I don't want to have to choose between buying myself a dress or getting diapers for a baby"
Aya Abdelrahman
4.19.18
terrorism

What It's Like to Go to College in a War Zone

"We've had to perform the absentee funeral prayer three times last year in honor of killed classmates. It never seems to end."
Ahmed Abu Draa
3.5.18
ISIS

Life as a Former ISIS Bride

After first being forced to marry ISIS fighters, many women in Mosul now aren't allowed to send their children to school.
Moustafa Saadoun
2.20.18
ISIS

The Blogger Who Took on ISIS

"Obviously I was scared that ISIS would find out where I was and kill me, but I was more worried about the horrible things they would do to my family."
Moustafa Saadoun
11.14.17