Rasha Al Aqeedi
Mosul, before and after the minaret’s destruction (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq
Mosul Mourns Its Minaret, Sort Of

Al-Hadba‘a, the Hunchback Minaret adjoining the al-Nuri Mosque, gave Mosul its famous sobriquet. Destroyed by the Islamic State, the iconic monument is now being remembered for what it never was.

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Iraq and Ruin
The Once and Future Mosul

The city may soon be freed from the Islamic State, but it won’t be easy to govern afterward. Foreigners—and even Iraqis—had better study its complexities.

“A painting of Fatema Mernissi using Arabica coffee” by Yemeni artist Seba al-Afif
The Middle East
The Trespasser

Remembering Fatema Mernissi, a woman on a mission to redefine boundaries for women in the Muslim world.

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Middle East Aflame
Caliphatalism?

An Iraqi exile eavesdrops on life in her old hometown of Mosul.

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