Shatila re-collected

Society Beirut

In this introduction to our recently published anthology Beirut Re-Collected, Mashallah News co-editor Jenny Gustafsson recalls an encounter with the residents of Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

300 camels

CultureSociety Jeddah

Did you see a stencilled camel on a wall recently? If you live in Saudi Arabia, or elsewhere in the world, you might have come upon the 300 camels project.

Windows into the world

Instagram favourites

Culture Beirut Cairo Damascus Dubai Jeddah Karachi Khartoum Mashallah region Tehran

Our favourite Instagram photographers from the Middle East — discover Sudan, Saudi, Dubai, Palestine, Iran, Turkey, Egypt and elsewhere through them

In Sona’s kitchen

From Armenia to Beirut

Society Beirut

Sona Tikidjian is Beirut’s modest but shining star of Armenian cooking. Come make su börek and pastries in her kitchen.

Playing across the border

Society Tripoli LB

Amidst the violence that routinely disrupts life in Tripoli, a group of Syrian refugees have formed a football team to help them cope with life in exile and the war at home.

Animated poetry

Culture Tehran

“A Woman Sings Under the Ice”, a short film by Tehran-based animator and illustrator Maryam Khalilzade, marries poetry and fantasy.

The daughters of 1979

Lost stories from Iran

Rights & dissentSociety Tehran

Mashallah News spoke to Alex Shams about the lesser-known positive effect of the 1979 Iranian revolution on women’s education and university enrolment.

Doubly homeless

Syria's Palestinians in Lebanon

Rights & dissentSociety Saida

Lebanon is now hosting more than 100,000 Syrian refugees. But one group has sadly been forgotten: Syria’s Palestinians.

Graphic pain

Visual Sunday

CultureRights & dissent Damascus

The painful art of Syrian artist Sulafa Hijazi visualises with graphic simplicity what is happening to her Syria.

Enter the khala

Kushti in Dubai

Society Dubai

On an open, dusty field nearby Dubai’s fish market, the age-old Indian/Pakistani kushti wrestling gathers crowds of spectators every week.