A number of instances showing respect by Muslims for other religions. A 21st-century development.
The Hedges case is symptomatic of the increasing risks of and restrictions on scholarly research in the Middle East.
Tunisia – MBS visit handled smoothly. Economic problems and strikes. Tourism up. The ghost of the Arab Spring.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.
Mawlid popular holiday, widely celebrated by both Sunnis and Shia but condemned by some including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Prophet’s Birthday (al-Mawlid al-Nabawi, or simply Mawlid) is celebrated in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, by Sunnis usually on the 12th and by Shia on the 17th. There is some flexibility as the precise date is not recorded. This year 12 Rabi’ al-awwal coincides with 21 November, and in most Arab and Muslim states Mawlid will be today or tomorrow, though the celebrations begin the night before. In some countries …
Gaza – following some apparent easing, the most serious outbreak of violence since 2014. Ceasefire not secure. An incident at the UN.
Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
Sudan – old genocide charge unresolved, but conflicts reduced and security improving. US warming up relations.
Egyptian failure to protect the Copts – a fog of conflicting explanations and no coherent strategy – it will happen again.
Egypt – more death sentences – action against Muslim Brotherhood – agreements with Russia, UK and EU.