Middle East

Nishan is still in medical school, but few options are open to her after graduation (Photograph by Oriane Zerah)

The world left these Afghan women behind. Now they’re fending for themselves.

Educated in a Canadian-funded school, they became Afghanistan’s best and brightest young women. Today they live in fear, abandoned to the Taliban.
Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan

The Pope is visiting the United Arab Emirates. That’s a big deal.

Opinion: The papal visit challenges the contention that there is an unbridgeable gap between Islam and Christianity
The Duke Of Cambridge Visits Jordan, Israel And The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Prince William’s Middle East trip is the future king’s biggest test

Prince William’s Middle East tour, which includes the first official visit to Israel by a senior British royal, will be fraught—and it’s unclear if he’s up for the challenge

Protests in Iran could spell trouble for the Middle East at large

Opinion: The prospect of major bloodshed at the hands of the state looms large. If that happens, the ensuing domino effect could create a volatile situation.
Alan Kurdi’s relatives

Alan Kurdi’s relatives on the Syrian conflict: "It’s going to get worse."

On the two-year anniversary of Alan Kurdi’s death, Abdullah and Tima Kurdi discuss his legacy and their hopes for the future.

1916 series: Lines on a map, and a legacy of unrest

Both sides in the Great War strove to create tensions within their enemies. And Islamic loyalties were a prime target.
Iran – Iraq War

The Iran-Iraq war, continued

A new book reveals surprising economic subterfuge behind a bloody conflict that still shapes the region
Iranian protesters chant slogans as they hold pictures of Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against the execution of Nimr in Saudi Arabia, outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran

The Sunni vs. Shia schism, and why it matters 1,300 years later

It would be simplistic to say the sectarian outrage over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia cleric was only religion-driven—and would ignore key history
A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in Mosul

How a prophecy can help us better understand Islamic State

William McCants on the apocalyptic End Times prophecies that drive Islamic State, why it’s so dangerous—and why it is so difficult to defeat
Members of Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Shavuot, atop Mount Gerizim near Nablus

How the Middle East is losing its religions

Thousands of years of history are unravelling as minority faiths flee religious persecution