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A Rabbi in the Attic?

A Rabbi in the Attic?

In the late Ottoman era, Jews of the Old Yishuv and newer migrants lived among Arabs of different backgrounds, creeds and dispositions. One of these Jews, Rabbi Wolf Segal, moved to Jerusalem in the last decades of the 19th century. One of his descendants, an American journalist living in Lebanon, discovers and shares a bit about her past — and a time and place in which her ancestors, like those of other people, lived.

On Being a ‘Muslim’ Atheist

On Being a ‘Muslim’ Atheist

To disbelieve in the existence of God in the Arab world is no easy thing. In countries where atheism is outlawed — it’s punishable by death in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia — many must keep their skepticism secret not just from family but also from society. Yet more and more of us are coming out of the closet.

The Rise of Halal-Friendly Tourism

The Rise of Halal-Friendly Tourism

The Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines are known to be party spots during the summer months, with resorts and rentals catering to all budgets. The familiar sight of tipsy, heavily sun-kissed Russians and northern Europeans still prevails, but the halal-conscious travelers are becoming more numerous along these shores, although they won’t often be seen.

Bradley Secker
Islam, Liberalism and Power

Islam, Liberalism and Power

In a wide-ranging conversation with Newlines, Mustafa Akyol discusses what happened when he was arrested by the religious police in Malaysia; early Muslim reformers and the making of the first Muslim state; the coercive power of modern Islamic states and why he believes it is holding back the full flourishing of the Muslim world.

New Lines Podcast
Je Suis Charlie in East Aleppo

Je Suis Charlie in East Aleppo

I stood in solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo journalists in 2015 from a Syrian rebel stronghold, where the battle for free inquiry met with a war of extermination. The real crisis is clear to me.

Zaina Erhaim
How Godless Arabs Changed Europe

How Godless Arabs Changed Europe

In the world of Islam, some philosophers went against religion. The secularist ideas that European scholars found in these thinkers’ writings shook both Muslim and Christian theologians.

Koert Debeuf