Culture & Society

Culture & Society

West Bank charity still fills ancient duty, hungry stomachs

For a millennium, an almshouse in Hebron has offered food for the needy all year round, and its activities become all the more vital during the holy month of Ramadan.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 29

Gaza’s landfills threaten citizens' health

Amid a lack of an advanced system to sort out hazardous household waste, experts deem Gaza’s current waste disposal operations unhealthy, causing a serious threat to public health.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 29

Al-Azhar rewrites curricula

Based on recommendations by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Al-Azhar University in Cairo is taking steps toward updating the religious discourse it teaches to its students through revising curricula and minimizing references to distorted concepts of jihad and extremism.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 29

Ultra-Orthodox now willing to wait tables

After years of shunning jobs like waiting tables and sales, traditionally viewed as "undignified" by the ultra-Orthodox in Israel, many members of the community who recently entered the labor market have joined the service industry.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 29

Lebanese art program empowers Tripoli girls

The girls at a Catholic school in Tripoli are gaining confidence through the Cross Arts program to express themselves with graffiti and other forms of art.
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 Ash Gallagher for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on June 29

Syrian refugee influx leaves host countries vulnerable

Local Lebanese activists as well as the United Nations are working to improve living conditions and opportunities for Syrian refugees.
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 Tara Kangarlou for Al-Monitor on June 26

3-D animation comes to Gaza

Producing 3-D animated films is not easy in Gaza City, where there is a scarcity of advanced technology and funding, but some young artists are going above and beyond to follow their passion.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on June 26

Al-Azhar goes online to fight extremism

As terrorist groups mobilize young Muslims in cyberspace, religious institutions in Egypt are reviving religious discourse and recruiting technology to counter extremist ideas.
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 Reham Mokbel for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Iran's tea tradition

Though tea came late to Iran, it has become ubiquitous in daily life in the country.
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 Angela Corrias for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 28

Poor services in Egypt public hospitals come to light

The decision of Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb to transfer negligent physicians from hospitals in Cairo governorates to Upper Egypt has raised the ire of the public, which demands hospital reform.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 29

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