Fes, Morocco's al-Karaouine University, founded by a woman in 859, is the oldest continuously-running university in the world and has served as an important religious institution for the Islamic world.  (Flickr Creative Commons/Keith Putnam)
June 01, 2016 - 05:47 GMT
Morocco's Al-Karaouine - founded by a woman in 859, and still running today; can Islam's holiest site be an equalizer between the sexes?; and a backwater village in Iraq bands together to quit smoking and get fit.
Nadine, Alice and Farah, or Lebanon's answer to the Kardashians. (B+ TV)
May 31, 2016 - 18:20 GMT
The most famous sisters of Lebanon have won the Murex D'Or digital influencers award; with summer just around the corner, Beirut gets glamorous (and shocking pink!); this year's elections have produced the funniest and most creative slogans ever; sustainability and eco-culture in Lassa.
A demonstrator waves the Egyptian flag in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising. (AFP/File)
May 31, 2016 - 05:50 GMT
An Egyptian expat's visit home becomes an exercise in tuning out the chaos; Aramco's surreal enclaves of suburban U.S. in Saudi Arabia; and how to talk about Latin American Muslims.
Wael Ghonim, Internet activist and computer engineer (AFP/file)
May 30, 2016 - 19:25 GMT
The democratizing effect of social media in the Middle East; how to become a politician with a tweet; indignant tech-savvy in Afghanistan.
A Palestinian boy stands behind a bullet-ridden wall in Gaza City, destroyed during 2014's month-long war between Israel and Hamas militants, which devastated Gaza's civilians. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
May 30, 2016 - 05:29 GMT
How the world got used to Israeli violence; meet the figures behind contemporary Arab art; and Yerevan, Armenia's urban landscape reveals its Soviet past.
Rima Fakih and her husband Wassim Salibi. (
May 29, 2016 - 15:50 GMT
Why is Rami Fakih's love life the talk of the town?; Stunning and unique sculptures by a Syrian artist; How did this Lebanese actress manage to deliver Charlie Chaplin's speech as her own?
Algerians vote at a polling station in France on April 12, 2014.  (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)
May 29, 2016 - 05:53 GMT
Why Algerian activists are saying no to French in the public sector; a Palestinian refugee from Syria reflects on home, war, and exile; and LGBT activists risk their lives for greater rights in Tunisia.
Newest enemy of the Republic: a feud of surreal proportions was ignited earlier this year when Iran's Organized Cyberspace Crimes Unit cracked down on Iranian Instagram models - the unit's spokesman Mustafa Alizadeh claimed Kim Kardashian was conspiring with the photo-sharing website to harm Iranian moral values. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
How Iran (and the rest of the world) censors high fashion; an AFP photographer stumbles upon U.S. special forces on the frontline in northern Syria; and the surreal online feud between the Iranian state and Kim Kardashian.
A Yemeni artist paints a wall in the capital Sanaa with a message of peace.  (AFP/File)
May 27, 2016 - 05:18 GMT
A Yemeni artist talks creativity, youth, and the war in Yemen; Libya and Italy's 'treaty of shame' harms refugees; and a Saudi cleric denounces the sinfulness of cat selfies.
Kuwaiti student Rajih al-Hamidani celebrates after winning the TV poetry competition 'Million's Poet' in Abu Dhabi on May 17, 2016.  (AFP/File)
May 26, 2016 - 05:47 GMT
The poetry equivalent of 'Arab Idol' hearkens back to traditional pre-Islamic poetry festivals; why the world is silent on the war in Yemen; and a hijabi hip hop dance troupe fights stereotypes.
Egyptian security forces stand guard in front of satirical graffiti on the walls of the Presidential Palace in Cairo.  (AFP/File)
May 25, 2016 - 05:53 GMT
A wave of arrests has Egypt's satire industry reeling; a new novel explores love, revolution, and LGBT life in the Arab World; and how one football club is beating the odds to keep the world's favorite game alive in Syria's Idlib province.
A woman participates in a rally against homophobia in Beirut on April 30, 2013.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
May 24, 2016 - 05:52 GMT
Defining Beirut within its LGBT culture; Qatar's under appreciated street art scene; and a Syrian portrait artist paints his inner world from exile in Istanbul.
Sanaa's old city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site seen here in 2007, has been partially destroyed due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen.  (Flickr Creative Commons/Richard Messenger)
May 23, 2016 - 05:15 GMT
Yemenis take to social media to call for peace; Saudi journalist Safa al-Ahmad talks war, politics, and humanitarian disaster in Yemen; and embracing the culture of Israel's marginalized Yemenite Jews.
May 22, 2016 - 00:44 GMT
'There was a young fellow from Ankara...'; Moroccan imam academy leads fight against religious extremism; and Iraqi forces' seizure of town from Daesh may lead to reopening of Amman-Baghdad commercial route.
Palestinian-Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad, known as the 'Pianist of Yarmouk,' performs at a Berlin concert hall on May 12, 2016.  Ahmad, who gained fame for performing outdoors in Damascus' Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, fled Syria in 2015 after Daesh militants torched his piano. (AFP/John McDougall)
May 21, 2016 - 05:40 GMT
From a war-torn Damascus refugee camp to a concert hall in Berlin; Syrian artist Mohammad Khayata explores loss and nostalgia; and Iran's clerics wage a war on 'sinful' music.
A Palestinian farmer watches over his olive trees, flanked by Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on October  28, 2014. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
May 20, 2016 - 06:20 GMT
A museum without exhibits - and what it tells us about Palestinian identity; despite war, the arts flourish in Iraqi Kurdistan's 'capital of culture'; and five films for a more nuanced understanding of the Arab World.