Sunni/Shia – an ancient dispute which has become an obsession. Bitter words. The Hajj an arena.
There are exceptions to the bleak picture of the Middle East as a region of despair. Examples from Libya, Egypt and Lebanon.
Muslim Brotherhood will take part in Jordan’s elections this month with a moderate list including women candidates and Christians aiming to influence national political life.
Preparations for 9 September Hajj in Saudi Arabia and around the world. Anniversary of 9/11. Heat will be an increasing problem over the coming years. Iran excluded.
Reactions to the IS murder of a French priest. A war of religions? No says the Pope, yes says IS.
Increasing concern about the horrors of FGM. Extent of it in the Middle East remains hidden.
Pokémon craze brings out the nannies and moralisers worldwide, but banned only in Saudi Arabia – it’s an “innovation”.
The proposed rapid Saudi reforms risk opening up the latent conflict between the state and the Islamic establishment. Sport a litmus test.
A season for piety and charity as well as abstinence: some men grow beards, some adopt traditional clothing, some will make a special effort to give food to the poor and many Sunnis pray additional night-time prayers called taraweeh.
Ramadan more than a fast. Impact on business. Modern changes. Still a happy time for families.