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Marveling at Groundbreaking ‘Moon Knight’

In the Moon God’s Shadow

“Moon Knight” is an intriguing, promising show about a protagonist who struggles with dissociative identity disorder and has a mysterious, mystical bond to an Egyptian moon god. It introduces fascinating characters, reflects some promises and paradoxes of Egypt, and is a mind-bending, heartfelt addition to what is now a Marvel motion picture multiverse.

‘Mo’ Reveals the Lighter and Darker Sides of the Palestinian Experience in the U.S.

Palestinians in America: A Comic Look

This isn’t just a show about being Arab or Muslim American and caught between two worlds. It is also about a broken immigration system and the unnecessary hardship it causes thousands of people who call the United States home.

12th-Century Persian Philosopher Offers Insight Into Sufi Mysticism

12th-Century Persian Philosopher Offers Insight Into Sufi Mysticism

Ayn al-Quḍāt’s brilliance as a Sufi master and philosopher comes through in his Arabic and Persian work. A translated excerpt from “The Essence of Reality” offers a rare and accessible opportunity to interact with the Sufi mysticism that influenced his era and the worldview of philosophers who came after him.

‘Three Thousand Years’ and the History of Middle East Tales

‘Three Thousand Years’ and the History of Middle East Tales

During a conference in Istanbul, professor Alithea Binnie meets a trapped djinn who offers three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Thus begins a series of adventures that don’t go farther than Alithea’s hotel room and yet will change her life forever.

An Israeli Soccer Team’s Toxic Fan Base

An Israeli Soccer Team’s Toxic Fan Base

None of this is out of character for one of the most toxic fan bases in world soccer, with a rap sheet that includes beatings, stabbings and continual displays of overt racism. The songbook from the stands is spine-chilling: “Death to Arabs,” “May your village burn” and celebrations of mass murderer Baruch Goldstein and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir. But how did Beitar Jerusalem become this way?

A Low-Budget Sci-Fi Film Shatters Iran’s Sacred Red Lines

A Low-Budget Sci-Fi Film Shatters Iran’s Sacred Red Lines

Divided into five segments, each unfolding in a different era in the future under a new supreme leader, the low-budget, sci-fi art film shows a progression in the timeline but not so much in reform.

In London, the ‘Sons’ of Bin Laden Took Root

In London, the ‘Sons’ of Bin Laden Took Root

A new book on the al Qaeda founder should spur us to reflect on how and why young British men were willing to sacrifice their lives in the name of jihad.